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March 26, 2007

Why I Think France Sucks

Over the weekend, I received an e-mail from someone named Maxime Phillip, asking me to tell her why I think France sucks. Since I haven't posted on France's suckiness in some time, I figure she must have seen this post of mine that had a "France Sucks" graphic on it.

I was happy to oblige, and thought I might share what I wrote to her with my readers. Enjoy!

• While it purports to be a US ally, France does everything it can to stymie US interests. The last time France really helped the US was when the US was fighting for independence from the British...and even that was because France was more interested in poking a stick in rival Britain's eye.

• The French press and self-anointed elite take every opportunity to blame everything bad that happens in the world on the US. These days, they specifically blame George Bush, although even when Bush is out of office in 2009, America-bashing will likely remain in vogue.(This is by no means a French-only phenomenon, however.)

• France's commitment to socialism means that unemployment is high and economic development is slow. Those hardest hit by this are young people, and more importantly, Muslim immigrants. By giving the immigrants a reason to be angry, France gives radical Muslims a foothold that the French government is unbelievably blind to. The government is signing France's death warrant, both economically and in the fact that Islam will likely become dominant.

• France's commitment to the EU has nothing to do with making individual countries stronger, but to create an unelected body that makes laws that affect all Europeans, with France and co-conspirator Germany at the top of the bureaucratic heap.

• The French government is, and has been for many years, cowardly, preferring to give in to would-be conquerers rather than fight for sovereignty.

• France is whiny. For example, rather than accept that French is no longer the language of business and diplomacy, they complain about it, conducting studies on how to make French more influential. Aren't there more important things for the French government to be worrying about, like the unemployment and slow economic growth noted above?

• While baselessly calling the US an imperialistic country, France ignores its own imperialist and colonial past, refusing to admit its role in the mess that is now Rwanda, among others.

Aaron added the following:

• They name their streets after convicted cop killers (Mumia).

• They coddle and celebrate child molesters cum movie directors (Roman Polanski).

And the always funny Wyatt Earp couldn't resist:

• They smell badly. It's called deodorant, kids. It's not expensive.

• They think Jerry Lewis is a motion picture icon.

• They rolled over and surrendered themselves for the Nazis quicker than Paris Hilton does for stray men.

Needless to say, Mademoiselle Phillip has not replied.

UPDATE: A commenter, Lauriane, has told me that Maxime is a man's name. I stand corrected. As for the "fake rivalry" Lauriane mentioned, it's difficult to think that French people think America is great, when most of what we read and hear from their media and government is how rotten America and its culture is. I'm happy that Lauriane is enjoying her (his?...don't want to get caught in that trap again) life here in America, and if we were to meet, I'm sure she/he would actually find me to be a pleasant person. And believe it or not, the majority of Americans (including me) welcome immigrants from all countries with open arms, as long as they're here legally. But when it comes to France, I calls 'em as I sees 'em. Am I wrong about why I think France sucks? Possibly. But I'm not holding my breath to hear the French who love to vilify America admit that maybe they can be wrong too.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 01:46 PM | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0) | Commentary

For the record, Maxime is a man's name. So Mademoiselle Phillip is a Mister !
I think that you don't know France at all and as a French who live in the US that I'm almost sure that I know better your country that you know mine. I think that the US is a great country and Americans are in general really kind...if only people like you cannot diffuse the image of a fake rivalry between our two countries, it would be perfect and our two people could just learn to discover each other without being as intolerant as you are.

Posted by: Lauriane at March 26, 2007 03:28 PM

Are your serious? Or is this what passes for funny as far as the rightwing is concerned?

Posted by: mudkitty at March 26, 2007 07:40 PM

When was the last time you were in France?

Posted by: mudkitty at March 26, 2007 07:51 PM

Revised your numbers yet? 30,000? The truth will set you free.

Posted by: mudkitty at March 26, 2007 10:37 PM

Why is this moonbat spamming the comments on unrelated topics?

Posted by: JimK at March 27, 2007 01:09 AM

Jim: She "found" me courtesy of another blog and decided to latch on, since she's been banned at that blog. From what I can see, unrelated comments are her specialty. Just do what I do and ignore her.

Posted by: Pam at March 27, 2007 07:47 AM

What Pam neglects to mention, is that she asked me a question on the "other" blog, and complained I didn't answer her. Well, I was temporarily banned on that "other" blog, as she herself just stated above, and couldn't answer her there. In order to answer her question, I had to come over here. Pam even said, on the "other" site, that she had sent me an email (I never got an email.)

Also, on My Point Radio, when Dave invited me to call in, Pam, herself said that she wanted to talk to me, but she didn't have time, and had to get off the phone.

So, she's misleading to imply that I am stalking her over here. And anyway, she herself puts up her webpage, over on that "other" site.

Posted by: mudkitty at March 27, 2007 11:15 AM

Recall a little war called Vietnam? Check how & why we ended up there!!! It started with French Imperialism. Ho Chi Minh actually approached the USA for help to get rid of the then French backed President - he even copied much of our Constitution! We of course had to stand by the French at the time, look how well that turned out!

Posted by: Jeanette at March 27, 2007 12:46 PM

All I can think of when France comes to mind - a quite painful event in my life - is their statement right after 9/11. They were with us "in the heart". We weren't interested in their heart at that time - or now. We want and deserve their military support - as meager as it might be. They OWE us.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at March 27, 2007 03:13 PM

We wouldn't be a Nation if it weren't for the French, you big sillies.

Posted by: mudkitty at March 28, 2007 09:00 PM

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