French lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel, the undisputed Queen of the UK tabloids sparked further controversy today when she appeared to suggest that the John Terry sex scandal would have had far less further reaching implications had she not been a French national.
Claims of anti-French bias by the British in general, although hotly denied in some quarters, does seem all pervasive, and to a degree justifiable, albeit executed with great subtlety by the ros-beef brigade.
The truth is that there may well be some substance in claims relating to British anti-French sentiment, much of which is now being directed to devastating effect at M Perroncel and Mr Terry.
Would JT have been relieved of the England captaincy if he'd been slipping a length to Jordan, Pamela Anderson, or Sarah Harding out of Girls Aloud?
Probably not. In such circumstances, hypothetical though they may be, Terry would merely be regarded as being "one of the lads", but because he elected to play "Where's Willie?" with a Madamoiselle, he has been universally demonised.
The British and the French have 'enjoyed' a turbulent relationship ever since each discovered the other existed. Alliances have been forged, wars have been waged, words have been exchanged and blood has been shed, which leads up to the question:
Is all this fuss because Vanessa Perroncel is French?
And the answer is: Probably.
For some Britons, the thought of the England Captain making the beast with two backs with a Frenchwoman is almost as unpalatable as the thought of the England Skipper hanging out of the back of a Thai Lady-boy in a distinctly gay way.
For most of us, John Terry's indiscretions have simply become a Stamford Bridge Too Far.
More as we get it.