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Anderson's Final Thought: Food For Thought

Aired August 29, 2003 - 19:58   ET

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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Finally tonight, the Franco American food fight. No, this isn't about changing french fries to constitutional republic fries. According to a Paris newspaper, allegedly called "Le Parisian," President Bush's chef was recently the subject of a cruel French hoax, as if there's any other kind. It seems there's a French TV show called -- frankly I don't know. It's called something in French. It's basically a "Candid Camera" knockoff.
Anyway, the show sent someone, let's call them, Allen LeFunt (ph), to ask White House chef Walter Shib (ph) whether he'd leave his job to become the personal chef to the French president. That's the chef right there. Or as some call him, Black Jacques Chirac. So what did Shib say? He said yes, or perhaps oui. So is Shib being held at Gitmo? Was he arrested or fired? No. And when he found out the offer was a hoax, he had chutzpah, the -- I don't know what -- to complain to the White House.

Fortunately, according to "Le Parisian," the White House swung into action and shrewdly, making use of the lack of a French First Amendment, called Chirac to demand that the scene be cut from the show. Being French, they of course gave in and the show cut the scene. But still, what gall, I ask you.

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