He lived a double life under Nazi occupation — and loves what America did to liberate France.
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Along with a son and daughter-in-law, he gave me a tour of the impressive German battlements at St. Malo — admitting, ruefully, that he may have helped to quarry some of the stone used in their construction.
Late in the summer of 1944, with the German forces in France either under siege or fleeing, 300 German soldiers were holed up in heavily fortified Cézambre island in the middle of St. Malo harbor. It is a mark of how stout the Atlantic Wall was at its strongest points that these soldiers withstood a fierce Allied bombardment for three weeks. After running out of food and water, they finally surrendered. They were totally deaf, but otherwise unhurt.
A widower now for four years after 65 years of marriage, Mr. Bidet is very much the paterfamilias — living in St. Malo in the midst of adoring children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoys life to the full and feels proud of his own contribution to the success of the Allied invasion.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?