You know, this seems to me to be an article that sounds a lot like the Economist: well informed, erudite, and somewhat missing the point.
America is, after all, one of the few western countries with which France has never been to war. Even de Gaulle supported America during the Cuban missile crisis, and reminded a joint session of Congress of the two countries’ history of shared values. The country that supposedly scorns American capitalism has spawned global companies that feed the American army (Sodexho), fit tyres on American cars (Michelin) and put the gloss on American lips (L’OrÃ©al). In many ways, France and America clash so often not because they are so irreconcilably different, but because they are so alike.
Uh, right. Sure. Whatevs. See you in Vichy for the NATO conference, hein?
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