Wine is important to the French, and with good reason: they make the best wine in the world. It’s no cause for surprise that an attempt to interfere with wine at an official French government luncheon turned out to be the cause of a diplomatic row.
Our French correspondent Robert Marchenoir has written a report about the incident, based on a recent post in Georges Malbrunot’s blog at Le Figaro:
The French cancel an official lunch with Iraq’s premier after a row over wine
On the front of resistance to dhimmification, good news is scarce. Therefore it’s worth reporting this one, even if it comes from a French government too often mired in disgusting subservience to Islam’s demands.
An official lunch organised by the French president with Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was cancelled when the latter asked that no wine should be served to anyone.
The incident, which happened during an official visit of Iraq’s premier last May in Paris, has just been disclosed on his blog by Georges Malbrunot, senior reporter at Le Figaro daily.
“When Nouri al-Maliki realised that wine was to be served, his chief of staff insisted that ‘unholy alcohol’ be kept off the table. The French told him that it was out of the question. Maliki, a practising Shia Muslim, refused to yield. As a result, the lunch was simply cancelled.”
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“‘We made a mistake,’ an Iraqi diplomat admits. ‘We should have informed the French protocol about this detail beforehand.’“
Note how the Iraq diplomat feels that this is only a “detail”, that their mistake was only of not giving advance notice, and that just “informing” the French authorities of their whims would have been enough to make their host comply without discussion.
“The incident did not alter the rest of the visit, however. ‘His meeting with Sarkozy in the afternoon went along very well,’ said a witness.”
“A similar incident had occurred at the end of the 90s, when Mohammad Khatami, the reformist president of Iran at that time, had paid an official visit to France. Elaborate negotiations were started. It was even suggested that wine bottles might be hidden in cupboards, in order not to offend Iranian guests. But the hosts held their ground.”
“‘We are not required to comply with such demands’, argues a French diplomat. ‘We are at home. It is our guests who have to yield to our rules’.”
Sane words. If only they were uttered more frequently in official circles.