Glasgow rolled out the red carpet in 1942 to welcome the leader of the Free French, General Charles de Gaulle.
The exiled former cavalry officer proved a hit with us Scots, playing up our two countries' Auld Alliance to form a sold bond of friendship between 'Les Jocks' and the 'Frogs'.
De Gaulle had come north to visit the 1500 men of the Free French Navy, who were based at Greenock.
Used as they were to fine food, you can imagine their horror when they discovered that the town's cafes and bars could provide no oysters, wine or champagne, and that the only fish available came deep-fried in batter.
A memorial, in the shape of a Cross of Lorraine, still stands above the town to honour the men who never made it home to France.