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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 whole “freedom fries” fiasco,
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
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Why Do The U.S. And France Love Each Other?

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Chucky published on December 17, 2015    brieven translated    Reina reviewed
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