"You have been to France before?"

I have no idea if this is true or not. I’ve done some digging and can’t find anything to either verify or deny it. Regardless, I think it’s funny.

A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”

The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”

“Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!”

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in ’44 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find any Frenchmen to show it to.”


  1. I was there just over two years ago and no one looked at or asked for my passport. Nice place to visit ….Viva La France

  2. Oh, one more thing that was a bit funny to me. If you go there don’t ask for “French Fries”. I must have offended the person that waited on me. He mumbled something as he was walking away. I swear it was some thing of “…. American ….”

  3. great story! And that is one for the good guys

  4. I applaud you. Cali

  5. I love that story! I wish I could think that fast and have a great reply ready sometimes…I really hope its true! Unfortunately there are just way too many urban legends that SHOULD be true.

  6. Even if it ain’t true, I think that when a story like this makes the rounds, it does say something about the general state of affairs. The French attitude is like an inferiority complex.Kev

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