An American in Paris

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The elderly and somewhat absent minded American arrived at the Paris airport and made his was to customs, where he fumbled for his passport.

"You have been to France before Monsieur?", the customs officer asked sarcastically.

The ancient fellow admitted that he had been to France before.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready for inspection," snapped the irate official.

The American said that the last time he came to France he did not have to show his passport.

"Impossible, old man. Americans always have to show passports on arrival in France."

"I assure you, young man," said the elderly visitor with a cold stare, "that when I arrived in Normandy in 1944, there was no Frenchman on the beach, asking to see my passport ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Basically the French are all peasants."

- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist