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Friday, October 07, 2005

Bash France? Non monsieur! I'm bashing you!

James Taranto and crew over at Best of the Web Today note this rather entertaining AFP piece:

French-bashing alive and well in America

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (AFP) - Two years after relations between the US and France soured over the Iraq war, French-bashing in America appears alive and well in light of a recent ad campaign by a fast-food chain linking France and cowardice.

The ad by the Subway chain touted a cordon bleu chicken sandwich with the words "France and chicken, somehow it just goes together". A photo of a chicken dressed like Napoleon accompanied the advertisement.

Subway ran the ads in about 10 US states for nearly a month and pulled them in September following an outcry by members of the French expatriate community and other customers offended by the racist undertone.

What's this about a "racist undertone"? Why, I too, am astonished at this intolerable insult to the magnificent race poulet!

[...]"I think (French-bashing) is worse now than it was two years ago because, although it's not as relentless as it was, it has become a lot more accepted and part of the landscape," he added.

Damn that landscape! I specifically instructed the gardener NOT to plant any pernicious landscaping. Why, just the other day I spotted my racist, franco-phobe neighbor viciously pruning my granache trelis, grown from cuttings de Languedoc-Roussillon region. The insensitive bastard!

Marc Saint-Aubin du Cormier, another French native who created a website to monitor anti-French sentiment in the United States and Canada, agrees.

"There is a kind of anti-French streak in the background of the culture of America," he told AFP.

That, sir, would be the very definition of the pot calling the kettle black. Monsieur Marc Saint-Aubin du Cormier? I tremble with shame and chastisement at the very thought of your un-named website "monitoring my sentiment."

Ahhh France... such an excitable yet strangely non-threatening culture, isn't it?

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