S (AFP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown renamed the famed Omaha beach Obama beach in a slip-up while giving his D-Day commemoration speech in France on Saturday.
Brown, who is fighting for his political survival at home, was meant to be enjoying a few hours respite in Normandy with Obama, Sarkozy and the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.
And so next to Obama beach we join President Obama in paying particular tribute to the spectacular bravery of American soldiers who gave their lives on Omaha beach, Brown said, almost stumbling again when he said Omaha the second time.
No correction was made and Brown went on to give a gracious tribute to the sacrifice and valour of those who died in the World War II landings 65 years ago.
This day marks the triumph of right over wrong... the victory of human decency over hatred and the Holocaust, he added.