posted on Apr, 3 2003 @ 05:44 PM
THE QUEEN has received a letter from French President Jacques Chirac apologising for the desecration of a British War cemetery, Buckingham Palace said
In the letter he described the anti-war graffiti plastered over the First World War monuments at Etaples, near Calais, as "inadmissible and
A reply was being prepared on the advice of government ministers, the Palace said.
The letter, delivered to the Queen at Windsor, read: "From the French people and from me personally, I offer you my deepest regrets."
He also said the thoughts of the French were with British soldiers currently fighting in Iraq, despite recent opinion polls showing 80% of French
people being opposed to war.
Sickening ... abuse sprayed on cenotaph
The letter comes a day after we reported how vandalís spray-painted insults including "Dig up your rubbish, itís contaminating our soil," at a
cemetery containing the remains of 11,000 British and other allied soldiers.
Franceís Secretary of State for Veteransí Affairs, Hamlaoui Mekachera, was today travelling to Etaples for a wreath-laying ceremony of remembrance,
accompanied by representatives of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.