French president Nicolas Sarkozy has scoffed at the announcement by a University of Cambridge professor that the Arctic Ocean will soon - within a decade - be ice-free in the months of summer.
Monsieur Sarkozy, addressing the French Academy of Science, pointed out that Paris is already ice-free during the summer.
He said: "Paris has been ice-free during the summer for centuries now. This shows that we French are so much more advanced than any other place on earth.'
Academy members gave him a standing ovation and immediately elected him and his entire family to the Academy.
The President said that he was deeply moved at the honor, and that he and his family would without doubt now watch the weather news on TV every evening.
"We do always have the telly on in any case when we're at table," he said.