Monday, July 23, 2007

Raison d'être?

When asked to sing his country's national anthem, Yves Leterme, the likely next Prime Minister of Belgium, began singing La Marseillaise.

La Marseillaise is the French National Anthem.

(La Brabançonne is the Belgian National Anthem.)

According to The Telegraph, during religious services observing Belgium's National Day, Leterme was seen making calls on his cell phone. Later, Leterme proudly declared that Belgians were celebrating "the proclamation of the Constitution" on that day. They weren't, though, as Belgium's National Day celebrates the accession of the first King of Belgium, Leopold, in 1831. Leterme is not alone in his ignorance however, as a recent poll revealed that 80% of his fellow Belgians also haven't got a clue what the day is supposed to mark.

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