This article on how to bash the French with savoir-faire is a bit old, but it’s worth mentioning as Franco-American relations continue to swirl down the drain. In all seriousness, the article does make some good points about why there is such emnity between America and France today:
We must begin by making it clear that when we say we hate "the French," it does not mean we hate all French people. That would hardly be possible. We haven’t a harsh word for the French female (au contraire!) and only fond memories of the stout, pleasant folk of the French countryside who often treat us with kindness and generosity when we vacation among them.
We detest only a certain breed of French male, particularly the French male who lives in or near Paris and who realized, at a sickeningly young age, that the way to get ahead was inside the incestuous and corrupt French political system. Were the coalition forces to make a brief detour through France on their way home from Iraq, this character would be their legitimate target.
But of course no one any longer will think to invade France, however reasonable and painless it might seem (think of all the collaborators!). We must acknowledge that shock and awe is unlikely to resolve our French problem. We civilians must grapple with it, with wit and diplomacy.
But this presents a troubling prospect. The French are wittier than us. Better diplomats, too.
Read the article for more witty yet astute observations on US-French relations as well as some advice on how to effectively make American displeasure with France known.