August 23, 2007

THE IMPORTANT THING IS ADMITTING THEY'RE MENTALLY ILL:


U.S., France savor taste of warmer ties
: Sarkozy's enthusiasm for things American has begun to rub off on his people. A film on a Parisian rodent has added some spice. (Devorah Lauter, August 23, 2007, Los Angeles Times)

The leader of the most powerful nation in the world can't wait to have a cookout in Maine, complete with hot dogs and blueberry pie, for the new president of France. "Freedom fries" have regained their rightful name. And American children have become familiar with the word "ratatouille" thanks to a film about a lovable French rat who can cook better than most humans.

Either food is the key factor in geopolitical relations, or Americans have changed their minds about France. Or both.

"After hatred, it's head-over-heels love -- especially for Sarko l'Americain," proclaimed Le Monde newspaper, using a frequent nickname for pro-American President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Although pro-American sentiment appears to be slowly surfacing on this side of the Atlantic as well, there is still ambivalence about getting too close to the United States. It's partly because of disagreements over the war in Iraq, but also because of fundamental questions the French are asking about their own future. The French are eager for change, but they also fear U.S.-style capitalism.

One expert calls the condition "French schizophrenia."


Giving up the dead end path they've pursued since the Enlightenment is predictably difficult. Acknowledging the hated English wisely avoided the same trap just makes it worse.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2007 7:27 AM
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It's like a whole nation of Christopher Hitchenses...

Posted by: Benny at August 23, 2007 12:33 PM
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