In reply to Mr J Leighton's question (Letters, March 18) about reaction to Al-Qaeda attacking the Eiffel Tower, we can confidently assume, following historical precedent, French reaction would be as follows: Surrender immediately; plead to the US for their liberation; when liberated, get the US to rebuild, bankroll and protect them against future reoccurrences; when free from danger, stab the US in the back at the earliest opportunity.

Vive la France!

-David Grant, York Grove, Brighton