Angers, which is in the Loire Valley west of Paris, was once the capital of Anjou province and home to the House of Plantagenet.
The Plantagenets ruled England from 1154 until 1485, providing some of the most celebrated monarchs in British history, including Richard the Lionheart and Henry V.
But when Edward Plantagenet, the Earl of Warwick, was executed for treason in the Tower of London in 1499 the house’s legitimate male line came to an end.
“As redress for the execution of Edward, Angers today demands that the Crown Jewels of England be transferred to Angers,” reads a petition posted on the city’s official website.
This is where all that silliness about apologising and making reparations for slavery leads to. Anyone with an obscure historical grievance will jump on the bandwagon.
As for the French, might I remind the burghers of Angers that they are treading very dangerous ground. Much of Europe might just demand reparations for Napoleon’s excesses…