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  • A better question would be "Why do so many people hate the French?"
  • I didn't know we did.
  • If there's something that [many] Americans really hate, it's for someone else to be right when they're wrong. I think that was the case in Iraq. France said there were no WMDs. America insisted there were, and they'd find them. That must have been rather embarrassing. I'm not sure why France got most of the brunt though - lots of other countries said the same, and they only got called "The Old Europe".
  • This American doesn't. The ones who do are probably the same ones who think Socialized Medicine is satanic. Ignorance and envy.
  • Maybe cause they got a pretty good World Cup team and I don't hate the French but I love their French fries with lots of hot sauce..LOL
  • Turn the table really - why do the french hate America?
  • That is a gross generalization, a stereotype.
  • Probably for many of the same reasons the British hate them. I lifted the following from the article "30 reasons we hate the French" from the Telegraph UK. 1. Because they're losers Rugby matches played by England against France since 1906: 89. We've won 47; they've won 35. Draws: 7. 2. Because they're aggressive Wars fought against France since 1066: 35. We've won 23; they've won 11. Mutual defeats: 1 (American War of Independence). 3. Because of Napoleon 200 French streets, monuments and institutions commemorate the era of Napoleon, the inventor of totalitarian dictatorship. 4. And because of the Napoleon Complex While Napoleon was actually 5ft 6.5in tall, his aggression may have stemmed from "strikingly small, infantile and undersized genitals", as revealed in his autopsy. The organ in question measured 1.25in. 5. Because they make love more than anyone else On average, that's 137 times a year; we only manage 119 times. 6. Because everyone believes they're great lovers But when asked about Napoleon's love-making, French good-time girl Marguerite Josephine Weimer remarked that the Duke of Wellington was "beaucoup le plus fort". Today, just 23 per cent of French people are happy with their sex lives compared to 25 per cent of Brits. 7. Because they love yappy dogs More than nine per cent of French dog owners have a poodle. 8. But they won't clean up after them French dog owners refuse to pick up the 5,840 tonnes of dog-doo dropped on their streets each year. 9. Because they're allergic to customer service In London eateries, it takes an average 3.4 minutes to get a glass of water once a waiter has been alerted; in Paris it takes 17.9 minutes. 10. Because they're rude The "Paris Syndrome" is a medically recognised type of depression which afflicts foreign visitors, caused by the sustained rudeness of French people to outsiders. 11. Because they can't wait Many French men still prefer the convenience of a trottoir to the public WC. 12. Because they lack humour Before the Revolution, the French spoke of l'esprit (wit), or la farce (joke) but the word "humour" had no equivalent. Not until 1932 did the French Academy allow l'humour into the language. 13. Because we've been allowed to believe that French women don't get fat Current diet books claim that French women are thin because they eat only fresh produce, and slowly. However, French obesity rates are exploding and one in four French women is on some kind of mood-altering medication. Of course they're not hungry – they're stoned. 14. Because they do things the wrong way The French take more suppositories than the rest of Europe combined. In 2006, they shoved 235 tonnes of pharmaceuticals up themselves. That's equivalent to 1,850 Gérard Depardieus (approx.). 15. That goes for their wildlife, too In 1998 alone, 25 million geese and ducks were force-fed in battery farms to make foie gras: the €20 hors d'oeuvre. 16. Because they love Jerry In 1963, Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor was voted "Best Film" in France. Le Roi du Crazy, as Lewis is known over there, holds the Legion of Honour, traditionally awarded only to victorious French generals: pretty rare. 17. And they hate Gerry In 2005, national treasure Gérard Depardieu announced he was leaving France because: "Only the British understand me… They have a great sense of humour. It is the French who are cretins". 18. Because they think their cooking is the best in the world They boasted 26 three-starred restaurants in the 2005 Michelin Guide. However, the guide is a French institution. Could that be why the UK had only three? Coincidence, non? 19. Because of their incessant wining Does France still make the best wine? Not if you go by the infamous Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, when an English wine merchant organised a "blind" tasting before a jury of French experts. To their horror, they rated Californian wines as winners in both the red and white wine categories. The French press first denied any tasting had happened, then claimed the results were fixed. 20. You can't trust their wine labels either In one 2002 case, a Burgundian vintner got jailed for rebottling 4,000 hectolitres of Algerian plonk as a much more expensive Bordeaux. 21. Because they took the cow pat… and turned it into a hat Well, that's what the beret is, isn't it? 22. Because their legendary "Va Va Voom" is a lie They only spend an average 19.2 minutes on foreplay. The British take 22.5 minutes. 23. Because 50 per cent of them don't even associate sex with pleasure And 23 per cent say they would be "relieved" not to have sex for several months. 24. Because they patented the kiss In fact, there is no actual word for "French Kiss" in French. It is simply embrasser avec la langue (literally, to kiss with the tongue). Colloquially it is referred to as rouler une pelle (to roll the spade). Only in Quebec is it "frencher". 25. Because they're big bullies The French shoot, poison, trap, crush, stuff and then eat almost anything smaller than themselves. Box-nets are laid down across the Aquitaine countryside to trap skylarks, while Languedoc hunters blast turtledoves out of the sky. 26. Because the French health service is the best in the world However, during a 2003 heat wave, the French health services, rated as a "world best" by the WHO, failed to prevent the deaths of 16,300 elderly people. 27. Because their country doesn't work Employers have to pay social security taxes equal to 48 per cent of each employee's salary, so they take on fewer people, and France's unemployment rate has hovered around 10 per cent for a decade. 28. Because they get up our noses Forty per cent of French men, and 25 per cent of women, do not change their underwear daily – and only 47 per cent bathe every day (compared to 70 per cent of the British). 29. Because they invented Sadism France is not only the birthplace of the Marquis de Sade but also of Renault's flirty series of Ben and Sophie "Eiffel Tower v Blackpool Tower" TV ads. Talk about torture… 30. Because it's taken them a thousand years to admit we're better than them "The standard of life of the British is higher than that of the French," said M. le President Nicolas Sarkozy, in his 2006 autobiography. Finally.
  • I have been to France many, many times. Paris is my favorite city in the world...and I have been fortunate to have visited some 34 countries on this earth. On my visits to France, I never ...NEVER... encountered rudeness from a single French man or woman. There were times when I required assistance, and such was always rendered with courtesy and without hesitation. In no way do I "hate", or even dislike, the French. [BTW, I do not speak French...and language was never an issue with the French I encountered.] I speak, of course, of the "regular" French citizen, not those in France's "higher places". Nor do I speak of the leftist media types who, like most of such who rule the print and airwaves throughout Europe, have utter disdain for independent-thinking Americans. The following are examples of the so-called "better" French ilk, who have, unfortunately, cast a less than admirable view of the very pleasant French people: There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying “ Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?” A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?”' You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S.,, English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”' Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied “Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.” You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. “You have been to France before, monsieur?”' the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”' The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it.” “Impossible! Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!” The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to!” You could have heard a pin drop.
  • I love the french! Great food, wonderful people...and a beautiful country. (am I am american!)
  • I don't hate the French. They taught us how to make the best wine in the world.
  • I'm french and have been living in the US on and of for almost 10 years. Lived in 3 big cities and spend some time in 30+ states. I haven't come across somebody hating me for being french yet. I'm sure some people do but I wouldn't be surprised if it was based on Fox news or CNN or shit they hear and repeat. For those people I would encourage them to get out of their state from time to time to see the world as it is.
  • Most do because the TV tells them to. No reason, really. They refused to go to Iraq. The day before they announced they wouldn't be going, 54% of Americans were against it, too. But W & co. and geniuses like Jay Leno decided the French were bad, so a bunch of dumb sheep did, too. As you can see by many of the answers, Americans still love the French in droves. Paris IS the coolest city ever in the world. They just happen to be right a lot!
  • I don't. Probably only those who can't speak a word of French.
  • There's that word hate again. Boy do people love the extremes. That word is tossed around so much it almost has no meaning what so ever.
  • I really don't think it fair to generalise like this. Its the same as when people say the Brits hate the French! Not everyone thinks the same way. Stop these ridiculous generalisations which only serve the purpose of creating tension.
  • Because the French mind their own business and refuse to partake in the US' rampant warmongering. Americans don't like people who have a mind of their own and don't do as they're told
  • Their fries make them fat.
  • Parce qu'ils ne généralisent pas quand ils posent leurs questions.
  • Well I know why my mum hates them. *shes a birt btw" She says that in the world wars we helped them out and they they want help us out ever, because they have no balls, and they still hate the americans and brits after us helpping and they will not atmit that we helpped them. Also there rude. Don't don't care really about them, i dont hate them but i did get changed by some french boys and it frecked me out lol
  • because we don't want to admit that the whole world hates us
  • the americans hate the french because the world hates america, they atleas need one country to hate...
  • To me, truth is that many nations don't like French cuase they seem to think so much of themselves.
  • i thought it was the other way around?
  • I am not sure that so many Americans hate the French people but perhaps some political differences cause tension. As a visitor to France more than once I can say the experience has been pleasant...maybe some people just want someone to hate as evidenced by the first poster. Hate is a pretty strong word (and emotion) which should be used sparingly in my opinion..d'accord?
  • They don't. Ask ten people on the street their opinion about any other country and you will probably get ten different responses.
  • When I went to France, they were SO rude. They would yell things in French and then laugh.
  • they fricken just eat shit those fricken french http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH2jU8yMQhM&NR=1 this is how u r
  • Are you sure they do ?
  • cuz they fricken eat that vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH2jU8yMQhM&NR=1
  • ya their fricken fries make them fat and the horrible wine i only like the american wine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH2jU8yMQhM&NR=1
  • FBI HELP HELP ONE OF THEM SAID CUZ THEY EAT THAT FRICKEN SHIT
  • We don't. France is a beautiful country that is home to millions of wonderful people, as well as millions of assholes. Pretty much the same as any other country come to think of it...
  • We bailed them out in both wars and they spit in our face. Plus they were the ones who started all the problems in Vietnam.
  • 1. They smell terribly like feet and upper-ass crack. 2. The women don't seem to shave. 3. The men have lumpy mis-shapened faces. 4. They eat snails. 5. Napoleon had a raging case of little-man's syndrome and got his ass collectively handed to him. 6. Known flip-floppers and front runners when it comes to World War. 7. They enjoy the activity of soccer. 8. They're loud and pushy. 9. Eiffell Tower?!? More like the schmeiffel, schmower. 10. Responsible for Zidane being a pussy in the world cup. (it's called punching you head butting Nancy-face) 11. Glass Joe's a push over. 12. Candide?! CanDIDN'T! 13. Beret's..?!?! REALLY?!?!?! The only good things to come out of France are the princess from Braveheart (I think Sophia Marceau is her name), French Kissing, and Les Miserables.
  • The French hate us, why should I like them..
  • America Is the the fattest Nation on earth!! We don't have a McDonalds or Burger King on every other street.. The French are slim and healthy. We have the best wine and food!! Thats a Fact!! The best bottles of wine that are in America are imported from France!! All of your Expensive clothes are made in Italy!! Fashion, food, wine, all comes from France.. Everything that you have in America come from France or China!! America is in debt and has nothing!! Your government continually lies to you and you all except it blindly!! Your health care coverage is a complete SCAM!! You all are fools!
  • because they are americans. who do they actually not "hate"?
  • Because they are americans. Who do they actually not "hate"? :)
  • Actually I hold the French people in high reguard, and I honestly can't think of anyone that I know who "hates" the French. Now, I do have some issues with some of the French/Canadians in Qubec Canada - but they aren't really French but French speaking Canadians.
  • In addition yes our government has been pretty shitty thus far but we're looking to make a power move to get out of that. Also, it's "accept" not "except" you fucking dolt. Also, your profile says you're from New Orleans what gives? Also didn't we buy New Orleans and Lousiana and like 7 other states in the Louisiana Purchase from the French for like,...a pack of baseball cards and a sandwhich? Fools?! 'Fraid not missy.
  • I dont!.................YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT!
  • From another point of view: The Complete Military History of France Gallic Wars - Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian (Julius Caesar). Hundred Years War - Mostly lost. Saved at last moment by schizophrenic teenaged girl, who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare: "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman." Italian Wars - Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars to the Italians. Wars of Religion - France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots Thirty Years War - France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her. War of Devolution - Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux. The Dutch War - Tied War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War - Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power. War of the Spanish Succession - Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since. American Revolution - In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare: "France only wins when America does most of the fighting." French Revolution - Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French. The Napoleonic Wars - Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer. The Franco-Prussian War - Lost. Germany plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night. World War I - Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline. World War II - Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song. War in Indochina - Lost. French forces plead sickness, take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu Algerian Rebellion - Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux. War on Terrorism - France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador, fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.
  • why is there such contempt and animosity from the french toward America, where is the gratitude? see most of the answers below for reason to be greatful!!
  • I thought it was ---- why do the French hate the Americans so much? My sister in law worked front desk at Paris in Las Vegas and constantly used this question as a remark for letting out steam when she finished work.
  • We're jealous
  • Where did you ever hear that? I've never met an American who hated the French. +5
  • I love the French. I have been there 2 times and the people were wonderful to me. I think they are some of the greatest people on earth. I respect them very highly.
  • I don't hate the French
  • Americans usually hate anybody who is not American. That's their special way of life and a basics of their nation. But don't worry the Germans they hate even more.
  • I think its because the French do not have a very high opinion of the Americans. They do not have a very high opinion of British people either and are now known for liking other countries.
  • Because they're a bunch of slimy, opportunistic douchebags. They were totally against us going into Iraq, but once they saw how quickly we were able to move in, they quickly jumped on the "How can we help" bandwagon in an effort to get their cut of whatever pie we were able to squeeze out of the place. Come to find out, they sold missiles to Iraq before the war.
  • i dont like the french bein british and all that (but i am probley the most proudest brit you will meet) but i think you americans are well alright but we dont talk posh and swear like hell
  • Maybe it's a guilty conscience. French soldiers fought and died in both world wars long before America entered those wars.
  • historically speaking the americans like the french ... they helped the yanks out in the war of independance ... it is the english who don't like the french ... after 100 years of war with the chese eating surrender monkeys how can you really blame us??? but i feel if the colonials do dislike the french it is yet another thing they have retained from their british ancestory
  • Americans hate the French because of the way we're treated in France and because of the attitude French people display to us (they think we're stupid and uncultured and BOY DO THEY LET YOU KNOW). I never knew a bus driver could talk down to someone with a real job.

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