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The Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us--and Why the Feeling Is Mutual


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Publisher:Sentinel Trade, 2006



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Arrogance, snootiness, back-stabbing, and disdain. To paraphrase DeGaulle, what else would you expect from a country with 246 varieties of cheese?

The French have given Americans a harder time on the international stage than anyone else. Driven by their own self-importance, and their frustration at no longer being a superpower, the French talk down to us with galling self-righteousness. They hate our movies, our tourists, our food, and especially our politicians.

But as Richard Chesnoff points out, the love/hate relationship between France and America didnít start with the election of George W.Bush, or even Ronald Reagan. It goes all the way back to the days of the Benjamin Franklin and that uppity Rene Descartes. (Never trust a man named Rene.) And compared to Charles DeGaulle, Jacques Chirac is a piece of cake to work with.

Franceís attitude has always been a problem, explains Chesnoff, who has lived in France for the past twenty years while writing for major American magazines and newspapers. He explains how the French really think and what drives their jealousy and arrogance. His maddening experiences while living among the French will raise your blood pressure, make you laugh, and give you plenty of reasons to jeer

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