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updated 12:24 p.m. ET May 28, 2009
PARIS - While Britons fumed over a perceived French snub of their queen, the French responded Thursday to the latest cross-Channel spat with a Gallic shrug.
France failed to invite Queen Elizabeth II to Normandy for next month's 65th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day, where President Barack Obama is being given the starring role. The diplomatic faux-pas prompted uproar in Britain, which lost thousands at Normandy and across France while helping free the country from the Nazis.
French officials backpedaled Wednesday and said she was welcome to come — but to no avail. The queen said Thursday she would not attend.