A Canadian in France – Where’s Your Passport?
A group of retired Canadian teachers recently went to France on a tour. William Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 88, 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 old man said, “The last time I was here I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible! Canadians always have to show their passports on arrival in France!”
The Canadian 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 French men to show it to.”