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French want abuse to stop
The Age (Australia) ^ | April 19 2003 | Nate Guidry and Michael A. Fuoco

Posted on 04/17/2003 9:58:46 AM PDT by ellery

The French ambassador to Washington, Jean-David Levitte, has pleaded for a stop to "French-bashing" by Americans now the war with Iraq is at an end.

Singling out prominent businessman and commentator Richard Perle, who is a close friend of US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Mr Levitte said Mr Perle's "French-bashing is not very useful". He said it had triggered a vicious cycle of anti-Americanism back in France and he hoped it could now stop.

Mr Levitte's remarks came the day after French President Jacques Chirac telephoned US President George Bush and told him he wanted to play "a pragmatic role" in the reconstruction issues in Iraq.

It was the first time the two leaders had spoken since the breakdown of negotiations at the UN Security Council over Iraq and the call was accepted only after repeated pleading by French diplomats, it has emerged.

The US-French relationship faces another challenge soon. The UN Security Council must decide on the role of the UN in the reconstruction of Iraq, specifically whether a US-led administration will get access to the oil-for-food program.

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Mr Levitte would not be drawn on whether France would push for a greater UN role in Iraq, but answering critical questions from the audience at Washington's University Club, he rejected claims that France was now anxious to get a share of lucrative postwar contracts in Iraq.

"We don't consider Iraq an El Dorado," said Mr Levitte. "We don't see any cake in Iraq but we see a huge burden."

He was also pessimistic about Iraq's transition to democracy, saying it was deeply divided between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds and bringing stability and democracy to the country would be a "daunting and long-term ambition".

He explained the divisions between Europe and the US on Iraq as the result of both history and the September 11 attacks.

Mr Levitte was working in his post at the UN in New York on the day of the attack and saw the towers collapse. "Here you are at war," he said. In Europe, the battle with terrorism was more a low-intensity conflict that Europe had struggled with for several decades.

Two centuries of war and fragile borders made Europe more concerned about national sovereignty and opposed to pre-emptive military action.


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KEYWORDS: antifrenchhumor; france
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They bash us continually for 50 years, then when we finally take notice and retaliate, they whine.
1 posted on 04/17/2003 9:58:47 AM PDT by ellery
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To: ellery
And we wanted them to stop stabbing us behind our backs....oh well.
2 posted on 04/17/2003 10:00:16 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: ellery
Screw the cheese eating surrender monkeys!!
3 posted on 04/17/2003 10:01:59 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: ellery

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4 posted on 04/17/2003 10:02:10 AM PDT by antaresequity (...)
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To: ellery
My answer: NO! Absolutely not. Never.
5 posted on 04/17/2003 10:02:43 AM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: ellery
Exactly. The french can dish it out but can not take it.

Two weeks ago I remember a Forbes reporter on Fox News saying the boycot won't work. Well ... not according to some of the articles and data yesterday and today!
6 posted on 04/17/2003 10:02:43 AM PDT by gipper81
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To: ellery
Balh, Blah, Blah.. Screw the french
7 posted on 04/17/2003 10:03:17 AM PDT by scab4faa (Perfection is my direction! *Looks at a map* I think I'm going the wrong way...)
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To: ellery
What do they do? Get up each morning and compare talking points? Petah Jennings et al issue the morning's whine and then the left hands it off throughout the world?

8 posted on 04/17/2003 10:03:30 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Using pretentious arcane words to buttress your argument means you don't have one)
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To: nicmarlo
He said it had triggered a vicious cycle of anti-Americanism back in France

Oh, yes, WE started it. Of course!

9 posted on 04/17/2003 10:03:55 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: ellery
The French are like the snotty, bratty kid who always tried to get you into trouble, and then when you got your allowance wanted you to buy him an ice cream cone.
10 posted on 04/17/2003 10:03:55 AM PDT by Scothia (If you pray for rain, prepare to deal with some mud.)
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To: drstevej; CCWoody; RnMomof7; Elsie; Corin Stormhands; Jael; jude24; LiteKeeper; freedom9; ...
If there is "bashing" going on, then someone should hit the abuse button.
11 posted on 04/17/2003 10:04:13 AM PDT by fishtank
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To: ellery
La france peut embrasser mon âne.
12 posted on 04/17/2003 10:04:36 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (Peace through Strength)
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To: antaresequity

13 posted on 04/17/2003 10:04:50 AM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: ellery
"French-bashing is not very useful".

That's not quite right. Should read: "The French aren't very useful."

These idiots knife us in the back, then expect us to come crawling back to them to apologize?

14 posted on 04/17/2003 10:05:14 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD, FRM, RFA)
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To: ellery
"We don't consider Iraq an El Dorado," said Mr Levitte. "We don't see any cake in Iraq but we see a huge burden."

Cake?

El Dorado was supposed to have gold . . .

Maybe it's a Marie Antoinette reference?

15 posted on 04/17/2003 10:06:44 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (okay, so that's not the best picture in the world but who am I, Holbein??)
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To: ellery
Dear Jean-David Levitte,
French bashing is fun.
Now piss off.

Your friends,
The USA

16 posted on 04/17/2003 10:06:52 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: ellery
He sure can squeal.
17 posted on 04/17/2003 10:06:57 AM PDT by dighton (Amen-Corner Hatchet Team, Nasty Little Clique)
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To: ellery
Poor babies.
18 posted on 04/17/2003 10:07:30 AM PDT by The Great Satan (Revenge, Terror and Extortion: A Guide for the Perplexed)
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To: ellery
They bash us continually for 50 years, then when we finally take notice and retaliate, they whine.

We noticed it, we just didnt give two craps... Now that they have effectively tried to screwed us, we are returning the gesture they have given us for 50+ yrs. Screw em. Let them wallow in their anti-American hate while we enjoy the spoils of war and win over the hearts and minds of Iraqis (while pointing out that it was the French who tried to stop us from helping them)

19 posted on 04/17/2003 10:09:42 AM PDT by smith288 (Visit my gallery http://www.ejsmithweb.com/fr/hollywood/hollywood.php)
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To: ellery
They hurt. They are in pain. Call the WAAAAAHHHHHmbulance.
20 posted on 04/17/2003 10:09:50 AM PDT by Scothia (If you pray for rain, prepare to deal with some mud.)
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To: ellery
I am so thankful that I visited France five years ago. I will NEVER go there again or knowingly buy anything French. WHY? because I was at Normandy and I know what Americans did for them. How CAN they ever forget?????
21 posted on 04/17/2003 10:09:54 AM PDT by WyPatriot
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To: ellery
This is hilarious. These people have no shame, do they?
22 posted on 04/17/2003 10:10:02 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: ellery

France's ambassador to the US, Jean David Levitte, took up his duties in Washington last December.

Before that, he was France's permanent representative to the United Nations, where he was posted for two years.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0313/p25s02-usmb.html

23 posted on 04/17/2003 10:11:07 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: ellery
The makers of French's Mustard have issues a statement that their mustard is not manufactured in France, and the only relation they may have is that both are yellow.
24 posted on 04/17/2003 10:11:38 AM PDT by chainsaw
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To: ellery
Never tell someone that something they do annoys you, they will only do it more.... BWUHAHAHAHAHA
25 posted on 04/17/2003 10:12:04 AM PDT by smith288 (Visit my gallery http://www.ejsmithweb.com/fr/hollywood/hollywood.php)
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To: ellery
In Europe, the battle with terrorism was more a low-intensity conflict that Europe had struggled with for several decades.

And therein lies the difference. You put up with it and appease it. We isolate and destroy it.

You grovel before the terrorists and beg their forgiveness. We eliminate them.

26 posted on 04/17/2003 10:12:37 AM PDT by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: ellery
These people are not our allies. They wish us ill. Politicians in the US who offer them aid and comfort should be retired.
27 posted on 04/17/2003 10:13:05 AM PDT by 411 freedom fighter
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To: annyokie
LOL! Nice.
28 posted on 04/17/2003 10:13:30 AM PDT by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: ellery
"The French ambassador to Washington, Jean-David Levitte, has pleaded for a stop to "French-bashing" by Americans now the war with Iraq is at an end."

And we would really like the french to cease spiriting those Ba'ath officials out of Syria and providing them asylum to cover up their illegal involvements with Iraq over the years.

29 posted on 04/17/2003 10:13:46 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: ellery
"They bash us continually for 50 years, then when we finally take notice and retaliate, they whine."

That's why they call it French Wine - and I'll have no part in it.


30 posted on 04/17/2003 10:14:21 AM PDT by geopyg (Democracy, whiskey, sexy)
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To: chainsaw
LOL!
31 posted on 04/17/2003 10:14:36 AM PDT by HassanBenSobar (I now inform you that you are too far from reality!)
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To: ellery
" Mr Levitte said Mr Perle's "French-bashing is not very useful".

Thats ok, we dont find the French very useful either!
32 posted on 04/17/2003 10:15:15 AM PDT by Enemy Of The State
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To: ellery
French want abuse to stop

And I want my own Abrams tank.

I wonder which of us is likely to be happy first?
When digging yourself into a hole, the easiest way out is to stop digging...

33 posted on 04/17/2003 10:15:35 AM PDT by Publius6961 (p>)
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To: annyokie
Good map but they forgot Sans Courage which I believe is on the Left Bank.
34 posted on 04/17/2003 10:16:29 AM PDT by Sabatier
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To: ellery
Don't blame Chiraq,don't blame Villipen,Forget what was said,done and threatened,forget..think Richard Pearle.
35 posted on 04/17/2003 10:16:49 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: ellery
I thoroughly agree that this "French bashing" must stop. I suggest we stop it immediately after the French stop needing it. Glad I could be of service.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, not yet up on UPI, and FR, "Who's Next?"

Latest book(let), "to Restore Trust in America."

36 posted on 04/17/2003 10:16:51 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building has left the building.")
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To: ellery
Kiss off....Frogs!
37 posted on 04/17/2003 10:17:00 AM PDT by PISANO
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To: Corin Stormhands
That's not quite right. Should read: "The French aren't very useful."


Exactly! And after we have made up with the Germans, the Russians, the Mexicans, and even the Canadians, we will still ignore the French. Simply because they aren't that useful to us. The only thing they have is that pesky veto.
39 posted on 04/17/2003 10:17:47 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: Sabatier
I believe it is an annex o the Latin Quarter in Paris.
40 posted on 04/17/2003 10:17:52 AM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: ellery

41 posted on 04/17/2003 10:18:02 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Howlin
He said it had triggered a vicious cycle of anti-Americanism...

Doesn't explain the decades of anti-Semitism in France. The firebombed synagogues, the assaults on French Jews, the vacation homes of every Palestinian terrorist. And I did not mention the desecration of the cemetaries of brave WWII servicemen!! Now that the Iraqi liberation is in effect, can we invade France and shave the heads of their madames and madamoiselles? Come to think of it, maybe we should shave their legs first...
42 posted on 04/17/2003 10:18:33 AM PDT by scubadave (to secure peace is to prepare for war...)
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To: Howlin
Oh, yes, WE started it. Of course!

ROFL....the frenchies are saying the BUSH ADMIN. started it and they're making it "keep going." Those frenchies are truly dilusional.

43 posted on 04/17/2003 10:19:27 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: ellery
I'll bash the french until their country is rid of anti-Semitism. In other words, I will never stop.
44 posted on 04/17/2003 10:19:29 AM PDT by EaglesUpForever (russia and france are hypocritical lying scum)
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To: ellery
ROFL this is too funny...

So umm what would they like us to do about it? Perhaps PResident Bush could come on television and ask Americans to stop abusing the poor wittle french people!

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
45 posted on 04/17/2003 10:19:59 AM PDT by Lucas1
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To: ellery
Make them say "uncle" first.
46 posted on 04/17/2003 10:20:02 AM PDT by Tigercap
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To: gipper81
"Two weeks ago I remember a Forbes reporter on Fox News saying the boycot won't work"

I don't believe this, but I don't care. I'm not buying anything french.
47 posted on 04/17/2003 10:20:22 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: ellery
http://www.twainquotes.com/French.html

In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
- Innocents Abroad

The objects of which Paris folks are fond--literature, art, medicine and adultery.
- The Corpse speech, 1879

France has neither winter nor summer nor morals--apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.
- Mark Twain's Notebook

There is nothing lower than the human race except the French.
- quoted by Carl Dolmetsch, Our Famous Guest

It has always been a marvel to me--that French language; it has always been a puzzle to me. How beautiful that language is! How expressive it seems to be! How full of grace it is! And when it comes from lips like those [of Sarah Bernhardt], how eloquent and how limpid it is! And, oh, I am always deceived--I always think I am going to understand it.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

M. de Lamester's new French dictionary just issued in Paris defines virtue as: "A woman who has only one lover and don't steal."
- quoted in A Bibliography of Mark Twain, Merle Johnson

I like to look at a Russian or a German or an Italian--I even like to look at a Frenchman if I ever have the luck to catch him engaged in anything that ain't delicate.
- Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven

It is human to like to be praised; one can even notice it in the French.
- "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us"

In certain public indecencies the difference between a dog & a Frenchman is not perceptible.
- Notebook #17, October 1878 - February 1879

It appears that at last census that every man in France over 16 years of age & under 116, has at least 1 wife to whom he has never been married. French novels, talk, drama & newspaper bring daily & overwhelming proofs that the most of the married ladies have paramours. This makes a good deal of what we call crime, and the French call sociability.
- Notebook #18, Feb.- Sept. 1879

France has usually been governed by prostitutes.
- Notebook #18, Feb.- Sept. 1879

French are the connecting link between man & the monkey.
- Notebook #18, Feb.- Sept. 1879

Trivial Americans go to Paris when they die.
- Notebook #18, Feb.- Sept. 1879

It is the language for lying compliment, for illicit love & for the conveying of exquisitely nice shades of meaning in bright graceful & trivial conversations--the conveying, especially of double-meanings, a decent & indecent one so blended as--nudity thinly veiled, but gauzily & lovelily.
- Notebook #18, Feb.- Sept. 1879

A Frenchman's home is where another man's wife is.
- Notebook #18, Feb.- Sept. 1879

An isolated & helpless young girl is perfectly safe from insult by a Frenchman, if he is dead.
- Notebook #20, Jan. 1882 - Feb. 1883

A dead Frenchman has many good qualities, many things to recommend him; many attractions--even innocencies. Why cannot we have more of these?
- Notebook #20, Jan. 1882 - Feb. 1883
48 posted on 04/17/2003 10:21:24 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ( Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: ellery
France no longer exists. We are changing the name to South Germany on our maps.
49 posted on 04/17/2003 10:21:41 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: lady lawyer
Any country who loves Jerry Lewis to the point they do deserves to be bashed......
In addition to having his own National Holiday (March 8th), Jerry Lewis was awarded one of France's highest and most distinguished honors the French Legion of Honor in 1984.

Mr. Lewis is "worshipped" by many in France as a sort of comic deity. In fact, Many Parisian residents have small plaster statues of the "Nutty Professor" in their gardens. Residents of Alsace, it is said, prefer bronze statues of the "Geisha Boy".

In a recent survey of French school children, 81% said they wanted to be like Jerry Lewis when they grow up. Only 7% said they wanted to be like French philosopher Voltaire.
50 posted on 04/17/2003 10:21:51 AM PDT by never4get
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