Speaking on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week, John McCain blamed the French for several high profile inappropriate comments heard at electoral rallies. [At 8m56s into the video.]
Letterman asked the Senator from Arizona about the Republican supporters who have been heard to shout 'Traitor' or 'Terrorist' when he or Sarah Palin ask 'Who is the real Barack Obama?'. McCain responded by saying 'There are always a few French people who will abuse their constitutional rights.' Blaming the French for these outbursts represents a new low in Republican attacks on Europe and its alleged elitism.
This allegation has not been well received in Paris where the Quai d'Orsay released this statement:
"Nous sommes completement etonnes par les mots de Senateur McCain. Il devrait s'en tenir a produire des frites."
Alexis de Tocqueville was unavailable for comment last night.