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FRENCH DISSING IN THE U.S.A
Daily Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 03/17/03 | Tony Parsons

Posted on 03/17/2003 8:08:05 AM PST by Pokey78

I HOPE that the continent of Europe never again needs help from the United States of America.

I hope that there's never some murderous little tyrant - another Hitler, another Milosevic - that Europe needs help in taming.

I hope that there's never some economic catastrophe that requires American dollars to make it right, as they did at the end of the Second World War.

I hope that the euro experiment works. I hope that all those peace-loving souls in Belgium, Germany and France can somehow muster an army to protect themselves.

I hope that the continent I live on never again needs to go cap in hand to the Americans.

Because if that black day ever comes, I have the feeling that America might just tell Europe where to go.

On the eve of war, there is a tangible anger in America. But surprisingly little of it is directed against the Iraqis. It is the French who are detested.

"This is all about oil," the Brits hear all the time. And Americans think it is "all about oil" too. The $50billion worth of oil contracts that France has with Iraq. In American eyes, that is why the French are so keen to avoid war.

Anti-French feeling in the United Kingdom is never more than a passing fancy, a jokey bit of "hop-off-you-Frogs" banter.

Not in America.

THE cafeteria in the House of Representatives no longer serves French fries - chips to you and me, guvnor. Now they sell something called "freedom fries". That sounds nuts - and of course it is.

But when a furious Congresswoman presents a "bring home our dead" bill demanding that the 75,000 American men and boys who died in France during two world wars be dug up and brought home, you realise that this is more than "hop-off-you-Frogs" banter.

Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite says, "The remains of our brave servicemen should be buried in patriotic soil, not in a country that has turned its back on the US and on the memory of Americans who fought and died there."

That's the difference between the British and the Americans.

We do not feel that the British casualties in two world wars died to liberate the French. We believe that we were fighting for our nation's survival. Just like the Russians.

It is different for Americans.

Throughout the 20th century, through two world wars and one Cold War, America gave all the blood and money Europe needed to keep it free.

They feel that the current crisis has proved that Europeans are, when all is said and done, an ungrateful bunch of Euro bastards who do not give a flying baguette about the 75,000 American graves in Europe.

Anti-European feeling goes right across the board of public opinion, even among the millions of Americans who are passionately against attacking Iraq. America is united in feeling betrayed by Europe. America is finally starting to understand that - to Europe's eternal shame - there is an opinion that 9/11 was America's comeuppance.

Secretaries and waiters leaping from the top of the burning twin towers? The fault of American arrogance.

A terrified four-year-old girl cowering at the back of a hijacked plane? Blame it on America's support for Israel. A stewardess with her throat slit by a carpet cutter? One in the eye for American imperialism.

Those 3,000 dead, murdered on live television? Europe blames America.

When 9/11 happened, you might have expected to see Palestinians dancing in the street. But who would have expected the grim look of satisfaction on the faces of old Europe?

But the British are absolved of Europe's sins. Those who are against the war admire Britain because we had a peace march where one million people filled the streets.

Those for the war admire Britain because Tony Blair has been a true friend to America. And although the man on the M25 might make jibes about Blair being a "poodle", among American hawks our Prime Minister is seen as dangerously strong-willed.

THERE is a school of opinion in America that believes the war could have been over by last Christmas if Tony Blair had not been so keen on proceeding through the correct diplomatic channels. Nobody calls Tony Blair a poodle in the USA.

It has been good to be British in America these past few weeks

For America has been reminded that Britain is the best friend it has in the world, joined by blood, language, history, instinct and culture.

When will the British wake up from their pathetic little dreams of being Europeans and realise that we have been looking for our future in all the wrong places?

Who wants to be European today? Who wants to be an ungrateful, unprincipled, two-faced, pacifist, Euro-grasping, oil-hungry Lilliputian?

No matter what happens over the coming days and weeks, it is true what they say. The English Channel is far wider than the Atlantic.

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WEST SIDE GORY

THE traveller to America can never quite decide if America is the friendliest place in the world or the most heartless.

Individually, Americans are kind, generous, supportive. They want you to succeed. Unlike back in Britain, where people want you to fall flat on your face.

The British convention of scratching cars out of pure spite does not exist in America. They might steal your car. Or they might ram it and rob you at gunpoint. But nobody is going to scratch it out of petty jealousy.

America is a strange cocktail of affability and brutality. You walk into a Banana Republic store and people are so keen to make you happy that you feel you could say, "Any chance of a blow job?" and nobody would bat an eyelid.

But then you pick up a paper and realise that this is still a very young, very violent country. A woman was sacked from her job delivering pizza after attending to a man who was lying in the street with a gunshot wound.

"She was away from her job for no good reason," said her manager.

But I bet that when that manager gave her the boot, he ordered her to have a really great day.

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A TICKET TO HEAVEN

WHAT I will miss most about the States is the service culture. If you are a paying customer, then people genuinely want you to be happy.

There's none of that snotty "Can-I-help-yew?" service you get in the UK, where some lazy fat cow polishing her nails acts all surprised if you actually walk into her shop.

What I will miss least are the endless security checks at the airports. As absolutely everyone in America knows, it is people on one-way tickets who are invariably picked out by airport security.

And if you are travelling from city to city, as I have been, then all your tickets are one way. American airport security assumes that any terrorist on a suicide mission will only have a one-way ticket. Why shell out for a return ticket when soon you will be in Paradise, surrounded by 99 virgins?

Everyone in America knows about getting pulled over when you are on a one-way ticket.

I hope nobody ever tells the terrorists so they can outwit the system by purchasing a return ticket.

Because then we will really be in trouble.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: antifrenchhumor

1 posted on 03/17/2003 8:08:05 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Maybe Russia will once again try to overtake Europe. If so, we should let them have it. The hell with Germany,France etc.
2 posted on 03/17/2003 8:11:27 AM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: Pokey78
surrounded by 99 virgins?

Uh, I believe it's only 72 virgins, if it were 99 they might run out of young women to plunder!

3 posted on 03/17/2003 8:16:35 AM PST by Mister Baredog ((God Bless GW Bush))
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To: Pokey78
Thanks for the article! God bless Blair.
4 posted on 03/17/2003 8:17:19 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Pokey78
I HOPE that the continent of Europe never again needs help from the United States of America

I don't.

5 posted on 03/17/2003 8:18:23 AM PST by camle (no camle jokes, please...OK, maybe one little one)
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To: Pokey78
Tony Parsons is welcome on this day. No waffling from this Brit. ally!

 FR Link

Shame on You America-Hating Liberals
Front Page Magazine ^ | September 13, 2002 | Tony Parsons - England

Posted on 01/28/2003 7:11 PM EST by Max McGarrity

ONE year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting - the mass murder of thousands, live on television.

As a lesson in the pitiless cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up there with Pol Pot's mountain of skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like garbage in the Nazi concentration camps.

An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that surely the world could agree on one thing - nobody deserves this fate.

Surely there could be consensus: the victims were truly innocent, the perpetrators truly evil.

But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as America's comeuppance.

Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over the last year.

There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in this country - too loud, too rich, too full of themselves and so much happier than Europeans - but it has become an epidemic.

And it seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my stomach.

America is this country's greatest friend and our staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture, language and blood.

A little over half a century ago, around half a million Americans died for our freedoms, as well as their own. Have we forgotten so soon.

And exactly a year ago, thousands of ordinary men, women and children - not just Americans, but from dozens of countries - were butchered by a small group of religious fanatics. Are we so quick to betray them?

What touched the heart about those who died in the twin towers and on the planes was that we recognised them. Young fathers and mothers, somebody's son and somebody's daughter, husbands and wives. And children. Some unborn.

And these people brought it on themselves? And their nation is to blame for their meticulously planned slaughter?

These days you don't have to be some dust-encrusted nut job in Kabul or Karachi or Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan.

The anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame the Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conservatives suffering from power-envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission.

The truth is that America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11.

Remember, remember.

Remember the gut-wrenching tapes of weeping men phoning their wives to say, "I love you," before they were burned alive. Remember those people leaping to their deaths from the top of burning skyscrapers.

Remember the hundreds of firemen buried alive. Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little girl who was on one of the planes with her mum. Remember, remember - and realise that America has never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have.

So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked without a trial in Camp X-ray? Pass the Kleenex.

So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up after they merrily fired their semi-automatics in a sky full of American planes? A shame, but maybe next time they should stick to confetti.

AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of strength.

American voices are already being raised against attacking Iraq - that's what a democracy is for. How many in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of 9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination?

When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that - and didn't push the button. We should thank the stars that America is the most powerful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism". A real war.

The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell", if America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe.

The US is the most militarily powerful nation that ever strode the face of the earth.

The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived.

But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these wretched countries. How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one hand - assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting.

I  love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh. Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be - rich, free, strong, open, optimistic.

Not ground down by the past, or religion, or some caste system. America is the best friend this country ever had and we should start remembering that.

Or do you really think the USA is the root of all evil? Tell it to the loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their death from the burning towers.

Tell it to the nursing mothers whose husbands died on one of the hijacked planes, or were ripped apart in a collapsing skyscraper.

And tell it to the hundreds of young widows whose husbands worked for the New York Fire Department. To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than Saddam Hussein.

Once we were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his own people and set up rape-camps in Kuwait. Now we are told he likes Quality Street. Save me the orange centre, oh mighty one!

Remember, remember, September 11. One of the greatest atrocities in human history was committed against America.

No, do more than remember. Never forget.


6 posted on 03/17/2003 8:18:27 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl (Act Now To Stop SADDAM and End TYRANNY!)
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To: Pokey78
"They feel that the current crisis has proved that Europeans are, when all is said and done, an ungrateful bunch of Euro bastards who do not give a flying baguette about the 75,000 American graves in Europe."

That about sums it up.

7 posted on 03/17/2003 8:20:08 AM PST by Endeavor
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To: Pokey78
I am sharing this one with my e-mail list!

Thanks.
8 posted on 03/17/2003 8:20:12 AM PST by Radix
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To: Pokey78
Ah Britian, they have been modeling our Vietnam War protestors since the 60's. I think so many countries think they honor us by copying our loudest, and most dishonorable people.

Hopefully another causualty in this war is the European belief that Leftists make up the majority in America.

This guy is 100% right, I honestly believe are charitable military work in old Europe is permanently over. All we asked for was their support to liberate another group of people. Maybe because they aren't white Europe can't understand Iraqis are capable of "handling" democracy, but I see little difference between this and over throwing the Vichy government.

Next time, we'll use smart bombs to target Berlin, and forget any toe-holds in Normandy. The fabled French Resistence can solve their own problems with the Vichy without the terrible use of an Unjust War.
9 posted on 03/17/2003 8:20:41 AM PST by PeoplesRep_of_LA (Reagan must have done alot of good to be hated by the left this bad)
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To: Pokey78
A MEGA MEGA BUMP!! A truly wonderful article that articulates exactly how America feels, and points out that the Brits are our true ally and our kin. God bless all the fighting men and women of our willing coalition.
10 posted on 03/17/2003 8:23:36 AM PST by conservativecorner
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To: Mister Baredog
I'm giggling now remembering Dennis Miller's remarks about the 72 virgins. He said that he doesn't get the thing about the 72 virgins. He's thinking that after 9 or 10, you're going to want someone with a little bit of experience!
11 posted on 03/17/2003 8:24:16 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Pokey78
I somewhat liked the article but noticed the ever present colonial attitude of the author towards the United States.

This from a country where hot cross buns are now illegal.

The Brits, God love them, are silly twits.

12 posted on 03/17/2003 8:24:22 AM PST by battlegearboat (I'm as Irish as Paddy's pig.)
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To: Pokey78
Huh? Maybe the sacked pizza delivery woman is a different woman, but if it's the story I'm thinking of, she's Canadian, not American. Still a horrible situation obviosuly, but it certainly doesn't reflect on the US that she was fired.
13 posted on 03/17/2003 8:26:06 AM PST by kaylar
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To: Pokey78
This weekend why did Big Media only run stories on the few antiwar protestors and ZERO on the hundreds of Rally's for the Troops?
14 posted on 03/17/2003 8:26:40 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Pokey78
And if you are travelling from city to city, as I have been, then all your tickets are one way. American airport security assumes that any terrorist on a suicide mission will only have a one-way ticket. Why shell out for a return ticket when soon you will be in Paradise, surrounded by 99 virgins?

Must be the way I fly or where I fly to. I've always found it cheaper to buy a round trip even if I don't intend to fly back.

It's one of those things that's always made me scratch my head. Like why getting married causes your taxes to go up. Like why 2 income houses in America are "rich" when it's just a teacher and a cop salary.

15 posted on 03/17/2003 8:26:40 AM PST by xzins (Babylon, you have been weighed in the balance and been found wanting!)
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To: Pokey78
On our local newscast last night, there was a video story about a local woman of French extraction. Someone spray painted in red on her large, white garage door:

SCUM
GO BACK TO FRANCE

I am not a big fan of the frogs. I never have been, but that kind of thing is not protesting, it is vandalism. I hope the cops catch them and punish them severely.

16 posted on 03/17/2003 8:34:54 AM PST by VMI70
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To: Pokey78
And this was in the MIRROR? Wow!
17 posted on 03/17/2003 8:36:24 AM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket???)
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To: Pokey78
Good article, Pokey, thanks.

My mom is British (but has been here for 46 years and is a citizen) and I have family in Southend. Don't know what the relatives think of Blair over there, and while I may not agree with his other political views, he sure has gained my respect throught this.

Besides, I thought poodles were French.
18 posted on 03/17/2003 8:37:08 AM PST by valleygal
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To: Pokey78
In actuality, the current American disgust with all things French boils down to Chirac.

And so it might be that Americans will come to understand that ...

The current international disgust with all things American is most likely a result of Clinton.

19 posted on 03/17/2003 8:38:12 AM PST by thinktwice
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To: Pokey78
On the eve of war, there is a tangible anger in America. But surprisingly little of it is directed against the Iraqis. It is the French who are detested.

Isn't that the truth? Chiraq is detested without a doubt.

Those for the war admire Britain because Tony Blair has been a true friend to America.

When character counted, I will never forget Tony Blair sitting in the Congressional gallery when Bush made his after 9/ll speech.

It has been good to be British in America these past few weeks.

And well it should be. If I could find a British citizen, I'd offer to buy dinner for him/her.

20 posted on 03/17/2003 8:38:31 AM PST by xJones
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To: Pokey78
I have the feeling that America might just tell Europe where to go.

Yep. And the horse you rode in on, too...

21 posted on 03/17/2003 8:39:46 AM PST by mhking (Red Alert! Shields Up! Lock phasers and quantum torpedoes on Baghdad!)
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To: Radix
I plan to e-mail this to a few folks, as well. Hopefully, this article will get spread around to many not fortunate enough to be here at FR!
22 posted on 03/17/2003 8:41:54 AM PST by valleygal
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To: Pokey78
Thanks Pokey and a great article. The writer is 100% correct there is a geniune hate locally for the french, germans and belgians now. If you are seen in a local grocery store picking out a bottle of frog wine, someone will say something rude to you. They have no idead what happens when the U.S., the giant of the world, is awakened and angry. They watch our idiot protesters and think that that is "America". Bad news Euroscum. Real America is on this board, working in factories and on farms, trying to make a living and make the world a better place today and tommorrow. 9-11 changed all that. And we are now filled with a resolve and anger that will not subside until all of our enemies are smited, into ashes and into oblivion.
23 posted on 03/17/2003 8:43:04 AM PST by Beck_isright (A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow. - Gen. Patton)
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To: MadIvan
Dang, Ivan, I forgot to ping you to this thread.
24 posted on 03/17/2003 8:45:36 AM PST by xJones
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To: Pokey78
You walk into a Banana Republic store and people are so keen to make you happy that you feel you could say, "Any chance of a blow job?" and nobody would bat an eyelid.

So that's why that place is so popular.
25 posted on 03/17/2003 8:45:52 AM PST by July 4th
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To: Pokey78
Telling the truth about the French is hardly "dissing"
26 posted on 03/17/2003 8:48:37 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: kaylar
I was surprised by the pizza delivery story as well. When my sister was UPS driver a few years ago,, she saw a very bad accident on 495 in Washington involving a delivery van. The man in the van was near death, his skull all smashed and she sat cradling her head in his lap for a while waiting for the ambulance. I think he died while she was with him.

When she left the scene her uniform was covered in blood and she was near hysterical (but, later, she was able to tell his family what happened and offer them comfort.) She went back to the UPS center and UPS sent out another driver in her place and gave her time off.

I think most Americans will bend over backwards to help someone in need and we'd probably still go to the rescue of all the countries giving us a hard time now, because that's the way we are.
27 posted on 03/17/2003 8:53:34 AM PST by valleygal
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To: Pokey78; All
Lets help this deranged and mentally ill country of frogs commit social suicide.

Just $crew the Frogs with buycotts for the rest of this decade. Here is a simple list of products not to buy:

A little list of French companies and their products to avoid for the rest of this decade"

*New additions to the list thanks to Freepers. If you have an addition, Freepmail me with the URL showing French ownership.

Air France
Air Liquide
Airbus
Alcatel - Based in Paris France
Allegra (Allergy Medication) - Produced by Aventis Pharmaceuticals based in Strasbourg, France
Aqualung (Including: Spirotechnique, Technisub, US Divers, and SeaQuest)
AXA Advisors
Bank of the West - Owned by BNP Paribas
Beneteau (boats)
BF Goodrich - Owned by Michelin
BIC (Razors, Pens & Lighters) - Started in 1945 by Marcel Bich. Originally based just outside of Paris. Began trading on the Paris Stock Exchange in 1972. 40.5% Publicly traded. Bich family still owns 33.5%.
Biotherm (Cosmetics)
Black Bush
Bollinger (Champagne)
*Browning Firearms**
Car & Driver Magazine
Cartier
Chanel
Chivas Regal (Scotch)
Christian Dior
Club Med (Vacations) - Owned in part by Paris based CDC (Caisse des Dépôts
et Consignations)
Culligan (owned by Vivendi)
Dannon (Yogurt & Dairy Foods)
*Decatholon Super Sport Stores or MVP Sport Stores*
DKNY - LVMH acquired 100% of Gabrielle Studio Inc., the privately owned licenser of Donna Karan trademarks back in 2001.
Dom Perignon
Durand Crystal
Elle Magazine
*Emile Henry French Cookware
Essilor Optical Products
Evian
Fina Gas Stations
Fina Oil - Billions invested in Iraqi Oil fields
First Hawaiian Bank
George Magazine
Givenchy
*Guerlain Fragrances
*Grey Goose Vodka
Hennessy
Houghton Mifflin (books)
International Herald Tribune - 181 ave Charles-de-Gaulle - F-92521 Neuilly - FRSource:World Business Council for Sustainable Development '00 [Domain Registration], [Corporate Profile]
Jacobs Creek - Owned by Pernod Ricard since 1989
Jameson (wiskey)
Jerry Springer (talk show)
Krups (coffee and cappaccino makers)
Lancome
Le Creuset (Cookware)
L'Oreal (Health & Beauty Products)
Louis Vuitton
Marie Claire
Martel Cognac
Maybelline
Méphisto (Footwear & Apparel)
Michelin (Tires & Auto Parts) - Their phone number is: (33) 1 45 66 15 53 in France
Mikasa Crystal and Glass (purchased by ARC int'l in 2001)
Moet (Champagne)
Motel 6 - 33, Avenue du Maine- 75755 Paris Cedex 15 France
Motown Records
MP3.com
Mumms (Champagne)
Nissan (Cars) - Majority owned by Renault
Nivea
Normany Butter
Parents Magazine
Peugeot (Automobiles) - Pronounced "Pooh Joe", must be French
Pierre Cardin
Playstation Magazine
ProScan - Owned by Thomson Electronics, France
Publicis Group (Including: Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising)
RCA (televisions & electronics) - Owned by Thomson Electronics, France
Red Magazine
Red Roof Inns - Owned by the Accor group based in France
Renault (Automobiles)
Road & Track Magazine
Roquefort Cheese - All Roquefort cheese is made in France
Rowenta (Toasters, Irons, Coffee makers, etc)
Royal Canadian
Salomon (Skis)
Seagram's Gin
Sierra Software and Computer Games
Smart & Final
Sofitel (Hotels) - Owned by the Accor group based in France
Sparkletts (Water) - Owned by Danone, based in France
Spencer Gifts
Sundance Channel
Taylor Made (Golf)
Technicolor
T-Fal (Kitchenware)
The Glenlivet (Scotch
Total Gas Stations
UbiSoft (Computer Games)
Uniroyal
Uniroyal Tires - Owned by Michelin
Universal Studios (Music, Movies & Theme Parks) - Universal Studios is owned by Vivendi-Universal, headquartered in Paris France
USFilter
Veritas Group
Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Vittel
Vivendi - Vivendi Headquarters, Paris France
Wild Turkey (bourbon)
*Winchester Firearms (US Repeating Arms)**
Woman's Day Magazine
Yoplait - France-based Sodiaal owns a 50% stake of Yoplait
Yves Saint Laurent
*Yves Rocher Cosmetics
Zodiac Inflatable Boats

*New additions to the list thanks to Freepers. If you have an addition, Freepmail me with the URL showing French ownership.

** Sad news but these two companies are owned by the Belgian Company Herstal, (French Light)

I'm asking for volunteers to create a good product list of alternative products. If you are an expert in a category or would like start a list of American or Ally products/services, let me know. I will list the alternative category and have your freeper name as the list keeper. That way people can freep you for your list. Once you get it set up and have a master copy in your FreepMail, you can just copy it for each reply to the request.

28 posted on 03/17/2003 8:54:26 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Pokey78; MadIvan
No matter what happens over the coming days and weeks, it is true what they say. The English Channel is far wider than the Atlantic.

Great conversational piece from the standpoint of a working Brit. Wonder if he's Tory or Labor? Not that it matters, given his perspective.
29 posted on 03/17/2003 8:57:09 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Republicus2001
This weekend why did Big Media only run stories on the few antiwar protestors and ZERO on the hundreds of Rally's for the Troops?

However that right wing network FOX covered both sides. CNN is the anti-war network and continues to ignore other voices.

30 posted on 03/17/2003 9:11:56 AM PST by Mister Baredog ((God Bless GW Bush))
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To: Explorer89
ping
31 posted on 03/17/2003 9:13:37 AM PST by MrConfettiMan (See if you can guess what I am now. SPLAT! I'm a zit, get it.)
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To: Pokey78
weak, very weak.
32 posted on 03/17/2003 9:19:33 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: Pokey78
Ummmm... Another Milosevic??

What did he do?

33 posted on 03/17/2003 9:21:16 AM PST by sit-rep
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To: Grampa Dave
I see that you have added the Grey Goose Vodka to your list since I last saw it yesterday!
 
I do not drink much Vodka, but when I did it was the Grey Goose!
 
Oh the sacrifices that we make.
 
Oh the Humanity!
 
Keep up the good work!

34 posted on 03/17/2003 9:24:29 AM PST by Radix (Inky Stinky parlez vous!)
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To: Radix
One of our freepers sent me a freep mail about Grey Goose Vodka. Sure enough it is a French product made by a French Company. I don't drink hard liguor with the exception of a margirita every once and awhile. So I had no idea. The low kick is that Wild Turkey is owned by a French Company.
35 posted on 03/17/2003 9:31:13 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: valleygal
I'll bet he read about the incident-scanned it-and thought it happened in the US because he was reading a US site.
36 posted on 03/17/2003 9:37:19 AM PST by kaylar
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To: joesnuffy
Telling the truth about the French is hardly "dissing"

Sure it is. Dissing == disrespecting. Telling the truth in this case requires disrespecting.

37 posted on 03/17/2003 9:39:17 AM PST by Salman
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To: Pokey78
For America has been reminded that Britain is the best friend it has in the world, joined by blood, language, history, instinct and culture.

On September 11, 2001, I sat in shock, watching the events unfold. No tears, no anger, just shock. I didn't snap out of it until many sleepless hours later. When the news showed the Brits playing 'The Star Spangled Banner' at the Changing of the Guard, the dam burst. I wept uncontrollably. It is a moment that is seared into my brain forever. Just thinking of it, even today, brings me to tears.

God Save the Queen, indeed.
38 posted on 03/17/2003 10:01:45 AM PST by Warren_Piece
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To: Warren_Piece
I am back in the US now after working for 2 years in Germany. I can assure you that the best friends of American expats working abroad, in Germany or elsewhere, are our fellow British expats. We Americans shared many a good time with our British friends at pub quizzes and other social activities in Munich.
39 posted on 03/17/2003 10:40:23 AM PST by MissouriForBush
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To: Pokey78
The British convention of scratching cars out of pure spite does not exist in America. They might steal your car. Or they might ram it and rob you at gunpoint. But nobody is going to scratch it out of petty jealousy.

Not exactly, unless the jerk who did that to my car last summer was British.

40 posted on 03/17/2003 10:42:06 AM PST by Library Lady
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To: Grampa Dave
Re your # 28.....I have asked all of my children and grandchildren to stop purchasing anything French as the French have again demonstrated themselves to be a deceitful, arrogant, and untrustworthy nation which will do anything for money......a nation without honor or worthy values.

You might add to your list... IAMS.... This is a dog food entirely owned by the French. My yellow lab is now eating Fit & trim....and hopefully enjoying it more since it is made by Purina.


41 posted on 03/17/2003 10:56:15 AM PST by rmvh
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To: Warren_Piece
When the news showed the Brits playing 'The Star Spangled Banner' at the Changing of the Guard, the dam burst. I wept uncontrollably. It is a moment that is seared into my brain forever. Just thinking of it, even today, brings me to tears.

That was one of the greatest gestures of friendship I've ever witnessed. What a moment it was! And the British government hasn't let up one bit since.

' And like you, my tears were flowing that day.

42 posted on 03/17/2003 11:19:30 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
That's very surprising from the socialist Daily Mirror.
43 posted on 03/17/2003 12:56:29 PM PST by expatpat
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To: Grampa Dave
Add Zig Zag, the rolling paper company. Took my friend to the tobacco store this weekend, she rolls her own cigs. The box of rolling tubes clearly said "Made in France" on it.
44 posted on 03/17/2003 1:28:13 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Hildy
72 virgins

Actually...here is the real story...

The US military finally hunts down and kills Osama Bin Laden. Osama is lifted to the pearly gates.

There, he is greeted by George Washington. "How dare you attack the nation I helped conceive!" yells Washington, slapping Osama in the face. Patrick Henry comes up from behind. "You wanted to end the Americans' liberty, so they gave you death!" Henry punches Osama on the nose.

James Madison comes up next, and says "This is why I allowed the Federal government to provide for the common defense!" He drops a large weight on Osama's knee.

Osama is subject to similar beatings from John Randolph of Roanoke, James Monroe, and 65 other American patriots.

As he writhes on the ground, Thomas Jefferson picks him up to hurl him back toward the gate where he is to be judged. As Osama awaits his journey to his final very hot destination, he screams "this is not what I was promised!"

An angel replies "I told you if you died attacking America there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What the heck did you think I said?"

45 posted on 03/17/2003 1:30:44 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Pokey78
Bookmarked. All I can say to the author is 'thank you'.
46 posted on 03/17/2003 2:57:36 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Pokey78
I saw Dennis Miller Live aat the trump 29 Casino on Sat.

He spent a good 10 minutes on France!

It was great!!!

47 posted on 03/17/2003 3:00:28 PM PST by Kay Soze (France - "Where the worms live above ground")
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