Before the Revolutionary war, a French general asked a British general why the Brits wear Red Coats. The Frenchy felt that the bright red color would just make them an easier target for the enemy to draw a bead on. The British General replied that their coats were red so that if an officer was shot in battle, the troops wouldn't see him bleed and lose their courage.
That is why, to this day, the French army wears brown pants.
I think I could be a french general, in fact I asked them if I could join the armed forces and to convince them I told them I would bring my own white flag and I know how to say "I surrender" in five different languages
scratch that, I just read a thing in Automobile (weird magazine sometimes) about how the French defended the Paris area successfully because they transported an extra 16,000 troops to the German'* right flank by cab (Renauly 8hp two-strokes) during the night in WWI. Interesting story but the french are still a bunch of girls...
I'm kind of a WW2 buff, and I've never heard about the French doing that. It doesn't make sense anyhow, because the Germans rolled right on into Paris. The French fell to the Germans in about 3 weeks in WW2, about the time it took us to conquer Iraq.
That story you read in Automobile, was it written by the Iraqi Information Minister??