NEW ORLEANS — French humanitarian aid officials met on Thursday to examine ways of providing support for victims of Hurricane Katrina (search) in the United States, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said. France is considering ways of mobilizing relief teams from the French Antilles (search) in the Caribbean, ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau said at a news conference.
"France expresses its readiness to bring this aid based on the needs American authorities express," he said. French authorities were following Katrina's aftermath "with particular attention," he added.
Authorities set up a telephone hotline in France for people to obtain information about relatives or friends who may be missing in the hurricane-ravaged region, Simonneau said.
It was not immediately clear how many French citizens might have been in the region when the hurricane hit.
A day earlier, French President Jacques Chirac (search) sent a message of solidarity to U.S. President George W. Bush, saying France was standing by the victims of the hurricane.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the help! We're still a little pissed about the backstabbing; and the "we must oppose the hyperpower" remark; and the fact that none of you shower; and the underarm hair on your women... but I digress.
ps: We still want to kick your dopey asses off the Security Council in favor of real countries. Have a nice day. :D
Just because they speak creole french or whatever its called, does not mean the frogs are needed for this one. How about helping to protect their own country or lend a hand or two going after terrorists. Sickening.
[QUOTE=LIDeadHead]Just because they speak creole french or whatever its called, does not mean the frogs are needed for this one. How about helping to protect their own country or lend a hand or two going after terrorists. Sickening.[/QUOTE]
I didn't even think of that (about the creole) - so New Orleans and Quebec will get help, and everyone is SOL?
If France did not offer help they would be slammed, if they do offer help they are slammed. Just how bad this disaster is much like the suonomi took a few days to seep out. Here in Canada afte the initial warnings of dire circumstances the tv stations were saying that New Orleans got lucky because the hurricane turned east and was downgraded to a 4 from a 5, only another day or so later did it start coming out just how bad things were there. Canada has pledged both helicopter rescue help and their mobile emegency program among other things but noone has gotten back to them (as of yesterday eve) as to where they need to be deployed.
[QUOTE=broadwayjoe2]I'm the last guy to support France or anything French.... but you guys do realize the massive difference between providing relief for victims of a natural disaster and participating in a war....
Tell me you do...
Using that comparison to slam France is assinine.
After all, there are so many more valid reasons to hate the French.[/QUOTE]
Its not about the war as far as I'm concerned; its about the "opposing the hyperpower" crap from an "ally".