United States and French Relationship Essay
Freedom fries and Chanel boycotts should not be dismissed as isolated and juvenile posturing on the part of the American people. Rather, the visceral reaction to French reluctance to follow the Bush administration into Iraq should be addressed as a substantive and not simply cosmetic distrust Americans share of the French.
In France, the “renegade cowboy” George W. Bush is anathema to a country more comfortable with shades of gray than the black and white lenses with which the United States views the world. The US and France rarely see eye to eye on cultural and political issues simply because we do not share the same world view.
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Even in our politically correct culture, it is still okay to hate the French. They hate us, so we hate them. The Economist reports that while two years ago 79% of Americans had a favorable view of France that number is down to 33% this year (June 4 2004). Why?
Qui sont les francais?
• Vain and superficial
The American view of France has remained remarkably stable – and negative. Grandparents refer to les francais as frogs, middle-age parents think of the French as spineless, and our generation imagines the stereotypical signs of Frenchness: berets, brie, and Bordeaux.
Indeed, the French are an elegant breed. While most Americans prefer jeans and Birkenstocks, our French counterparts are known for their pashmina scarves, their politesse, and a certain sophistication oft viewed as fussiness to practical américains. But the material often reflects the intangible and Americans