Friday, December 15, 2006

Viva Wallonia!

This is pretty damn funny. A television station in Belgium caused a major stir in the country after airing a fake news story claiming that the country had been split into two separate countries and that the king had fled the country. From MSNBC:

A commission of the Francophone parliament was set on Thursday to view RTBF’s footage which included interviews with real politicians, scenes of flag-waving Flemish crowds and reports that the king had fled the country.

RTBF shocked viewers in a country keenly aware of its linguistic and political differences. Only much later during the mock documentary did a subtitle reveal that the reports were fictional.

Belgian media reported foreign correspondents had called the prime minister’s office to confirm the news while some embassies warned their governments of developments.

I would have loved to have been there to see it.

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