Belgium’s interior minister was left red-faced after it emerged that photos comparing US President George W. Bush to a chimpanzee had been used in a police training manual.
The pictures in question — reprinted by the newspaper — showed a series of the US leader’s facial expressions next to shots of a chimpanzee making apparently similar faces.
They were intended to help trainee police officers in the western city of Bruges to recognize the importance of body language in dealing with the public. Bush is shown in poses ranging from pensive to finger-waving debating mode.
The pictures are all the more embarrassing for Dewael since he had signed a letter calling on Belgian municipal authorities and other police chiefs to use the manual.