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Why do we hate the French so much?

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by oleww, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. oleww

    oleww Member

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    Writing a paper, need solid references of why we hate the French so much.

    Plenty of info is readly found for their lack of support in the (our) 2003 invasion of Iraq.


    what else is out there?
     
  2. halfmile

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    We are jealous of them. they are filthy, and all they do is screw and eat fantastic food.

    NOw that I said it, I hate them even more.

    HM
     
  3. Lead Man

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    Look for more information from WWII, Hitler marched across france in I think less than 30 days. No will to fight. Then the rude and crude remarks about Americans after we saved their butts.

    They promised and promised to help the south during the war of northern aggression but never showed. Then after the fact said they were almost here when the war ended. Still no cojones.
     
  4. Jeff P

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    France has always been there when they needed us....

    You can do a websearch for "french military victories"
     
  5. blizzard

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    Because obammie likes them. That's all you need to know.
     
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    Keep in mind that the victors define history. Most all history we have studied in the US was written by us. PART of the reason Louis and Marie lost their heads was on our account. BTW, I am not fond of the French.
     
  7. PAR8HED

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    Google 1870, 1940, Dien Bien Phu, and you'll get the gist. Be very careful with your thesis here. When viewed over time, it would appear the US memory is just as short as the French. There are solid arguments regarding the US involvement during WWI, wherein had the US not sent forces over that stalemate of a war would still be going on. And of course, there is the old saying that we saved their backsides during WWII. The French being a proud nation do tend to forget these things and as such, can be rather bothersome about it.

    But careful, do a quick google and see whose fleet was sitting off shore at Yorktown dropping cannon balls on Lord Cornwallis. Had it not been for the French, we might be singing a different national anthem. Take this a step further, the French assistance during our revolution has been thought by some to have contributed greatly to their own. Two things lead to this, first we about exhausted the french treasury. France was in essence broke, but they did have their victory over the English. Second, the US revolution was groundbreaking in that a large group revolted against their king. (As an aside, take a close look at the number of notables in the US colonies who were English supporters. Many still wanted a king!) According to some, this idea appealed to a great many french during the times leading up to the French Revolution.

    Why do we hate the French? Same reason we make jokes about Italian governments, or their army, and complain about English cooking, and any other national that is not the good old USA. And the same reason that many see us as snobish, arrogant, etc. But one thing I have learned in my travels, sit down and pour a drink with someone and you may find a friend.

    You may begin your writing.
     
  8. Charkat1

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    Some Americans are anti-French because: The French have historically shown concern only for themselves. You cannot call a country a true ally if actions don't follow words. It's understandable, then, why folks resent that sort of behavior. A quote attributed to Patton during the Second World War concerning whether he was counting on the French went something like "The French are as useful as an accordion at a deer hunt." I don't think the French (and someone correct me if I'm wrong) have ever paid off their war debt for either WWI or WWII.

    The French have a tremendous sense of self-importance (food, wine, culture). The Statue of Liberty was given to us as a symbol of the glory of France. Somehow, it didn't resonate that way with everybody else. The French are fanatics about the "purity" of their language. I had a friend who had his wallet stolen in Orly airport. He was fluent in French. The authorities would not speak with him until they got an interpreter because he had an American accent! That's my two cents.

    Charlene
     
  9. lancelot

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    I was all set to jump in and defend the French.

    I have visited their country 2 or 3 times, and have largely found the tales of 'an unclean people' to be just that - a tale. The French have been more than happy to help me when I followed their code of politeness, not shout English at them to help them better understand, and to try to mumble one or two words in bad French.

    The number of their prime, young, men killed in WWI helps to explain their lack of vigor at the start of WWII. Their food is the best in the world, Paris is the world's most beautiful city, and if you or I get sick there we, like the French, get 1st class medical care.

    Whoops, Lead Man reminded me of their failure to come to our aid in the ,'War of the Northern Agression', after promising to do so. Let them rot in hell.

    Ron Ireland
     
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    For sale French Lebel rifle....never fired.....just dropped once!
     
  11. bigdogtx

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    Because they are pompous bores with men that have no balls,,,,the women however,,,,;) Ooh lah lah!!!!
     
  12. dhwbailey

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    The French saved your bacon during the war of independence.

    Luckily they showed up with their navy and drove off British reinforcements.

    The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence,[1] began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen united former British colonies on the North American continent, and ended in a global war between several European great powers. The war was the culmination of the political American Revolution, whereby the colonists rejected the right of the Parliament of Great Britain to govern them without representation. In 1775, revolutionaries gained control of each of the thirteen colonial governments, set up the Second Continental Congress, and formed a Continental Army. Petitions to the king to intervene with the parliament on their behalf resulted in Congress being declared traitors and the states in rebellion the following year. The Americans responded by formally declaring their independence as a new nation, the United States of America, claiming sovereignty and rejecting any allegiance to the British monarchy. In 1777 the Continentals captured a British army, leading to France entering the war on the side of the Americans in early 1778, and evening the military strength with Britain. Spain and the Dutch Republic – French allies – also went to war with Britain over the next two years.

    Throughout the war, the British were able to use their naval superiority to capture and occupy coastal cities, but control of the countryside (where 90% of the population lived) largely eluded them due to their relatively small land army. French involvement proved decisive, with a French naval victory in the Chesapeake leading to the surrender of a second British army at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the war and recognized the sovereignty of the United States over the territory bounded by what is now Canada to the north, Florida to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west.
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  13. JerryP

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    I never saw even one chuckhole in the roads while I was in France. I dodge holes daily in the U.S. Damned French.
     
  14. Lead Man

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    Isn't france where they allowed the muslims to riot and burn cars for about a month.Seems they still have no balls. Fine medical care not what the french say even if it is free. Just like most socialist thinkers until they actually have it.

    I like their nickname also Damn Frogs.
     
  15. Barry C. Roach

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    Although they are a country of ages of refinement, they also never met a aggressor that they would let occupy them. Of course there were some brave French who fought for freedom and we considered them allies. In modern times the French government has had to be rescued by armies of the Western nations and the Brits.

    They are a true socialist/communist nation now and their government tends to be at "loggerheads" with the free West. Most of the U.S. liberals, socialists, communists and Hollywood elitists would like to turn the U.S. into a French like nation.
     
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    When the Americans, Aussies, and Brits were moving forward to take Paris, France, Eisenhower decided to allow Degaul and the French resistance to lead the troops into Paris AFTER the battles. The battles were already won, and many Yanks had lost their lives. Eisenhower and others felt it was crucial that the French retained their dignity and it would accel the developement of the new French post war nation. Later Degaul, fought the Allies about decisions on what role France would have in the "New Europe" despite their lack of military power and lack of ability to defend themselves from the Germans initially. Old GI's still talk about how soft the French were even after the war. The reputation for lack of French resolve grew thru their rejection of participation on NATO military actions in the past 30 years, including their lack of ability to handle Viet Nam prior to our involvment in the mid 60's. France was in Viet Nam 15 years before we entered the conflict, and got their butts handed to them. Look up "French Military Conflicts", and I'll bet you find little after 1970.
     
  17. skip

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    Selfish


    Smelly


    Hairy Armpits, etc.


    No Guts


    Never Trust a Frenchman
     
  18. birdogs

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    Who says we hate the French? Our President it trying to make America just like France - except for the nuclear power which he detests. Take the worst and leave the best if it doesn't agree with your philosophy.
     
  19. shot410ga

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    The French: They think no one is as good as them. Hum! Sounds like us Americans.........
     
  20. Bruce Specht

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    Because they're surrender monkeys
     
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