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  • In the wake of the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, most countries were quick to pledge

  • their assistance to France. Americans in particular offered their homes for stranded French tourists,

  • proclaimed their support, and even included France in high level intelligence sharing.

  • The US and France have been close allies since the very birth of the United States. This

  • is besides a disagreement over the Iraq War, leading to French Fries being renamed Freedom

  • Fries, even though they come from Belgium. So, we wanted to know: why do the US and France

  • love each other?

  • Well, France is actually the US’s first and oldest ally, having militarily supported

  • the American Revolution against Britain in 1778. In some ways, the US might not even

  • exist if it weren’t for France. In their entire history, the two have only engaged

  • in direct aggression two times in history. The first was a quasi-war in 1798, when France

  • went through a revolution and the US refused to pay its debts to the new French government.

  • The second was in 1942 after the Nazis took over. But who can blame them for severing

  • ties? It was the Nazis.

  • In fact, part of the United States was once French territory! In the early 1800s, Thomas

  • Jefferson paid and bartered roughly $240 million dollars, accounting for inflation, in exchange

  • for nearly a million square miles of land from Napoleon. Today the Louisiana Purchase

  • comprises about a third of the continental United States.

  • Another major strengthening period between the two was during and after the Second World

  • War. France’s Nazi occupation was embarrassing for the country, and while liberating captured

  • European cities, the US let France lead the charge on retaking their own capital. Additionally,

  • at the end of the war, the US forgave France’s nearly $3 billion dollar debt from World War

  • One, and granted them more than half a billion dollars in new loans. This significantly helped

  • France rebuild after the war.

  • But perhaps the most turbulent period between them was concerning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

  • France’s foreign minister was unimpressed with George W. Bush’s foreign policy, and

  • along with Germany, China, and Russia, France blocked a UN resolution to invade Iraq. After

  • going ahead and invading anyway, French opposition to what is now considered an illegal occupation,

  • was interpreted as anti-Americanism. This caused the wholefreedom friesfiasco,

  • a brief boycott of French goods, and actually ended up spurring real anti-American sentiments

  • in France.

  • From the invasion in 2003 to the end of Bush’s presidency in 2008, polls showed France’s

  • approval of the US ranged from 43 to 37%. But today, roughly 73% of the French approve

  • of the United States, and in turn, about 85% of Americans love France. France has permeated

  • American language, society, and culture, and vice versa. Despite some historical disagreements,

  • US-French relations have been crucial for the development and stability of both countries.

  • So, just how powerful is France by itself?

  • Find out by watching our video on top. And if you want to know what life is really like

  • in France, check our Secret Daily’s video below. Thanks for watching TestTube News! Don't forget

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In the wake of the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, most countries were quick to pledge

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