Three Americans, And One Briton Who Thwarted Attack Get France’s Top Honor, read Marquel, TPVs NYTimes Left Cheek First Section correspondent, and then called Mufi for a French accented reading.
The president of France pinned his country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on three Americans and a Briton on Monday, saying they
“gave a lesson in courage”
by subduing a heavily armed attacker on a high-speed train carrying 500 passengers to Paris.
“So that people would look at the guns to search their memories. They belong to somebody.”
“our handlers don’t allow us to talk about that. Very dangerous. Very dangerous.”
“Frankly you guys are nuts. We learned in World War I, World War II, and in Viet Nam that the best thing to do is run away. Then the Americans can come in and save us. You could have done that. Run away, and the Americans would have landed at Calais to save you.”
“So we had no choice. We knew the frogs would run away, as you have just said, and as Americans it was our job to save you. I think it goes back to Lafayette or someone.”
“as soon as the guy entered our car my buddy said, ‘here we go again,’ obviously referring to the many times we’ve had to pull the French chestnuts out of the fire.”
“amazingly not running away. To a Frenchman this is unimaginable. Even in the army we train to run away. You can run forward or even backward facing the enemy, but the goal is the same. We even learn sneaky ways to surrender that allows us a chance to run away. But it’s not the point. Anyway, time for the medals.”
“We’re not allowed to wear frog medals,”
“sexual harassment, we’re trained in that. We’ll have none of that here,”while the other serviceman screamed, “rape,” until his buddy explained the difference.
“to wash the frog germs off my face,”
“s’en est allé,” that is, he ran away.