12 thoughts on “What Has France Ever Given Us?

  1. Beauzeaux is along the same line that hit me, what about the fact that we would still be part of Britain if not for the French.

  2. jjj, I love that piece. “Lafayette is still with you” makes me cry, every time.
    Everybody who mocks the French should get a crash course in World War Fucking One: THEY LOST 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE. More than anyone else except Russia and Germany. And we call them cowards. It enrages me.
    A.

  3. Thanks Adrastos.
    And Joe x 3, I never got that argument. The french didn’t invent them. Plus the idea of taking potatoes and soaking them in fat is far away from the French gourmet. Of course, they’ve yet to explain the Canadian Poutines.

  4. Oh, and wasn’t that surrender monkey Napoleon from France? And didn’t the Napoleonic code influence the laws in much of Europe (of course there is also a negative part of that due to the severity of the original code).

  5. THEY LOST 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE. More than anyone else except Russia and Germany. And we call them cowards. It enrages me.
    I seem to remember some wingnut saying something to the effect of “Back then the French understood what it meant to confront evil, but nowadays…”
    I still want to kick Richard Cohen in the nuts for his “Only a fool — or possibly a Frenchman — could conclude otherwise” line.

  6. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”
    Yeah, right…it’s to our undying shame that her words are now meaningless. No, I take that back. That gift from the French can still serve to remind us, and the world, that we can still be that special place.
    I’m just not sure that it will happen in my lifetime.

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