Skip to comments.Knocking the French: Why?
Posted on 07/29/2006 5:20:07 PM PDT by SuzyQ2
But we Americans seem to have short memories.
What else could explain the fact that we, generally speaking, so-often lambaste the French, calling them cowards for not allying themselves fully with us in every instance? We constantly throw in their faces the fact that we came to their rescue in World Wars I and II. And weve all heard the jokes: Surplus French military rifles for sale. Never fired. Dropped once.
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"When WWII started they just were not prepared or had the gumption to stick it out"
they really didn't have a chance, also belgium not letting france and gb deploy pre-emptively and instead becoming neutral guaranteed germany had a not-so-opposed entry into NE france. once the armor was on the ground, who was going to stop it at that point?
i think post-occupation collaboration was a far bigger shame issue than losing to the german military of that time.
Hank: "Hey, Homer. I'm keeping two of my fingers crossed that you're gonna have that nuclear generator up to full power by tomorrow."
Homer: "Uh, yes, sir. No problemo."
Hank: "Good. By the way, which is your least favorite country? Italy or France?"
Hank: "Heh, heh, heh. Nobody ever says Italy."
Homer is far smarter than Chirac!
To answer Mr. Twain: Because Frenchmen don't die... they surrender to their own mortality.
Because their greatest soldier was a woman, their greatest General was an Italian, and their graditude is as good as their memory?
Hell, Chirac caved to the rioters. So having run out of everybody else, the French have surrendered to the French.
It's not a "world war" until france surrenders.
I do. How about Citizen Genet?
You should have tried German, a language they are equally familiar with, and very prone to accomodate.
They didn't have a chance because of their own choices - trusting their entire defence to the (admittedly formidable) Maginot Line. They simply ignored the parts of their border it could not defend and allocated virtually nothing to any defence in depth.
They were doomed by the arrogant assumption that the enemy would stupidly attack them where they were strongest.
Also, Americans tend to slam the French a bit too much; it seems that although there has been a sort of culture wars between the United States and France since their revolution, there are only some French which disdain the United States whilst many Americans disdain France.
France has one of the highest birthrates in Europe, though some of this could be from their immigrant population--largely Muslim, too.
And the Marquis de Lafayette. While the French government only supported the war to attack the British, and so that they could regain New France, their were Frenchmen who were supportive of the United States (also, why would an absolute monarchy support the creation of a nonmonarchial government?). The British were the United States traditional enemy until around the late 1800's. France, while having a cultural war with the United States, has never had a political one (though during Napoleon's time it got close to one).
Weren't the French against going into iraq from the get go?
Let's not forget that in the former case, they also promptly executed her when she became politically awkward, instead of giving her something else to do.
And let's also not forget that Napoleon had his @$$ handed to him by a British footwear designer at Waterloo; his troops broke and ran. Even the Old Guard couldn't stop the inevitable at that point.
If anything, the Quebeçois are trying to out-French the French. They have a worse rep, IMHO. However, the rest of the Francophone world is still pretty bad, just not arrogant (Francophone sections of the world seem to be the most corrupt places - see Louisiana.)
Read my tagline.
No, they told President Bush and Colin Powell that they were with us, then they publicly blindsided Colin Powell and the US in their UN press conference.
The French invent? They copied it from the Scots, who got it from the English
Check "Halifax Gibbet"
Real men (and women) like cats.
Everyone knows that the USA have an affair with France.
A quick search of the records of even the most odious of tyrants and countries will turn up one good deed.
Seriously, France is and has always been the pest of Europe.
Wrong. The quote comes from Jed Babbin. Look it up.
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French for 30 years. The family name was Buonaparte, and his father was a Corsican nationalist.
The landlord of the house we lived in when I was born was Puerto Rican. That didn't make me Hispanic.
More then repaid by saving their butts in 2 World Wars, the Cold War and the War on Terror. BTW, the French were not fighting for the USA, they were fighting their traditional enemies the English for World Empire. We were just a handy excuse.
>> You get away from Paris and the people are marvelous, Parisians are a different story. They are rude and don't get caught in an elevator with a bunch of them <<
But IMHO there's a certain upside to the rudeness:
First one needs to realize that Paris is clearly among the world's most beautiful cities. Apart from San Francisco, Rio and Hongkong, I'd say Paris has little or no competition.
And because of its great charms, I believe Paris would be jam-packed with Americans and other tourists 365/24/7 -- IF ONLY the Parisians weren't so extremely rude. The traffic would be unbearable and the already high prices would be astronomical.
But as things stand -- and as I see them -- the traffic, the crowds and the prices are manageable.
Therefore, for those who are able simply to tune out the rudeness, a visit to Paris can be a fantastic treat!
Jedi Master Pikachu wrote:
> Are the Quebeçois and West Africans and French Polynesians arrogant? <
We was just in Quebec City, and I can assure everyone that the Québeçois were polite and friendly in the extreme. In fact, my wife said, "It's just like being in Paris without the rudeness!"
Oh, hows about Oil For Food for starters. Then there's all the stuff mentioned in Bill Gertz's book Treachery. Example...
What's not to love, eh?
Dale 1 wrote:
>His name is Jacques Chirac, a liberalist and a communist<
Chirac is most definitely a jerk, a crook, a demigogic America basher and a liar. Moreover, on top of all that, he's probably a creep and a pervert. It's very easy to detest the guy, and I'm sure I can equal you in that department.
But a communist? No way.
The French have plenty of REAL COMMUNISTS, both in the unions (thug commies) and on their university faculties (pure Marxist intellectuals).
And on the political spectrum, Chirac is miles (or should I say kilometres?) away from these "types."
As far as the French go, they were much more interested in helping us bloody English noses than in helping Americans per se. As soon as Washington became president, they began making trouble for us (see Citizen Genet, etc.).
:-) You forgot to add < Sarcasn > to your post!
They do that to everybody
Another of their habits is to blame somebody else for every defeat they suffer be it in war or sport
They did that to us Belgian in 1940 instead of admitting that they had the s*** beaten out of them at sedan
Most of us Belgian would not piss on a frog if he was on fire
Ah, face it...France is your red-haired Affair, the kind of femme fatale you never marry but always fantasize about when you're in bed with your common-as-muck British wive ^^
one guy, 230 years ago.
that's the best they got.
no wonder they're shocked when testosterone shows up in non-frenchie athletes' tests.
Dreyfus was honorable. Of course, he ended up taking the rap for some other Frenchman's crime...
I love the French
I'd love to beat them with a wrench
Those were really great. Mark Twain was such a wit.
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