Colorado governor scolded for telling jokes about French

France’s U.S. Embassy blasted Colorado Gov. Bill Owens Monday for making “unfortunate and ill-informed” jokes about the French.

Giving a keynote address Saturday at the Michigan Republican Party Convention, Owens joked, “You know why they planted those big trees along the boulevard in Paris? So the invading armies could march in the shade.”

And, he continued, “You know why the new French navy has glass-bottom boats? So it can see the old French navy.”

Nathalie Loiseau of the French Embassy in Washington said she was disappointed. She admonished Colorado’s two-term governor for “uselessly practicing French bashing for the purpose of playing politics.” – Source, Chicago Tribune

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