Ooh, a blog crossover! French things happening in California.
Ever since the historic renaming of French fries in 2003 to freedom fries (quickly followed by freedom toast, apparently), I had been under the impression that US sentiments regarding our cross-channel chums was somewhat frosty. As it turns out, this cooling of ardour predates 2003 by several decades.
After buddying up in 1778 under the Treaty of Alliance, in which France agreed to help America boot out the English, it seems that the mutual admiration society faded after the Second World War. US troops had got over the euphoria of being kissed by lots of French girls and were starting to resent being stationed so far from home. The US military feared that relations between the French and the US troops might dissolve into violence, so much so that a booklet was published in 1945 entitled “112 Gripes About The French”, which listed soldiers’ complaints and gave an explanation to put each…
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