The love-hate relationship between Americans and the French never ceases to amaze me.
Both cultures take from the other, and both are fascinated by the other`s contributions. The French use a lot of English in their everyday talk, and Americans use some French words to a very lesser degree (lingerie, saute, etc.)
Another recurrent theme in movies is the Americans-who-go-to-Paris. Another one is the French-are-pussies in military topics. Etc.
I don`t get it.
France is but one part of Europe. Of all the people out there, why pick them, either on the love or
Is their the echo of some historical event, like World War II? Is this just a twist on the classic Anglo-vs-French debate? Are the French to Americans what Newfies are to Canadians? Is it just
one-culture-serves-as-an-example-of-what-NOT-to-emulate identity thing?
I`m no history buff, but there has to be an explanation to this.