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He also described himself as “intensely un-American.”


The U.S. ambassador to France took a leap of faith this week as he jumped out of an airplane at 12,000 feet during high winds to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War II.

Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin, a former CEO of the Jim Henson Co., of Muppets fame, soared in a tandem jump with a member of the elite U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team over the Normandy beaches, where the Allied assault on the Nazis began on June 6, 1944.

“Proud to be the first U.S. ambassador to jump out of an airplane in honor of our troops,” Mr. Rivkin said in a Twitter message after landing safely. “Thinking of those who gave their lives … 68 years ago.”

More than 25,000 people watched the jump that included 150 U.S., French and German paratroopers.

France has been our ally from the start, and the evidence is here in this field,” Mr. Rivkin told a French television station after the jump.


The Pakistani Foreign Ministry was enraged Tuesday after three U.S. drone strikes in three days against terrorist targets in the country’s border region with Afghanistan.

The ministry summoned Richard Hoagland, the senior diplomat at the U.S. Embassy, for a finger-wagging complaint.

“He was informed that the drone strikes were unlawful, against international law and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” the ministry said.

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