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Old 01-05-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I've been to Paris and Versailles, stayed for a week and visited a lot of the tourist sites. Parisians are very friendly and sociable, in general. And Paris itself is a beautiful and unique city and would certainly rate among the top in the world for me.

In my opinion, Americans as a whole would have a pretty positive view of France. The U.S. and France share a similar western culture and large numbers of French immigrated to the U.S. after all. The city I live in, Washington, D.C. (the U.S. capital), was designed by a Frenchman 220 years ago and is laid out similar to Paris and there are notable similarities even in the architecture. French cuisine is considered to be "elite" in America and there are lots of French restaurants in all the big cities, and even actual French chefs. Then of course there's Louisiana.

So, this should give you an indication of how open the U.S. is to France.

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Old 01-05-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Me too! I like French movies. Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Fanny Ardant, Sandrine Kiberlain, Venessa Paradis...ils sont chouette!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:36 PM
 
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Hello, I'm a French student. I have to do a homework about american's vision of France. More precisely about French baker install in america.. If you have any opinion about that, I will be glad to heard it! Thank you for your response
I suppose you mean bakeries. Of course you can find one here and there. However, it's not common.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I think your country is interesting, but your people like to believe you're better than Americans for some odd reason. It is weird the American-complex so many people there have.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:37 PM
 
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How would you know? You've never been to France.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Default It's better in France!

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I think your country is interesting, but your people like to believe you're better than Americans for some odd reason. It is weird the American-complex so many people there have.
I guess you don't read CD or the US news very much... how about those freedom fries? Idiots from the US selling all of their wines in protest.

The French people that I know (and I know many) don't think of the US one way or another. Well, they did have an opinion about Bush and his wars.

I love France!
I drive for almost 4 hours to shop at Cora in Strasbourg every month or two. I spend at least 4 long weekends a year in the Vosges.

French pastries, ah... baguettes and croissants in France are better than those from Germany. I don't know why that is, but it is so.
Paris Brest is my favorite pastry. Nothing in this world can top them (for me).
German yougurts make US yougurts look like water; French yougurts make German yougurts look like US yougurts.

Fromage!
My friend bought me this book as a present: http://www.amazon.com/French-Cheese-...5852526&sr=1-1.
My favorite French cheese at the moment is Comte. I'm partial to the semi-hard to hard cheeses.

Even my cat prefers French cat food; the neighbor's cat comes for dinner most nights, as well.

In October of this year I spent 10 days in the Loire Valley. Absolutely beautiful.
The French culture is ever reaching; if you're at major archaeological sites throughout the world you'll find small placques that indicate the French have supported the excavation or restoration of major sites.

Carcasonne with it's double walls is a delight! Lille, Metz, Nancy (the home of Art Deco), Sedan, Dijon, the Champagne region, all are delightful.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I think your country is interesting, but your people like to believe you're better than Americans for some odd reason. It is weird the American-complex so many people there have.
Well, a lot of general opinion was against American policies especially during the Bush era, but that was definitely not just France and included a good chunk of the US as well.

I know several French people living in the US, and while sometimes they dislike some things here, it's a lot of give and take and of course a lot of variation in opinions from one person to another. At least there's little of the kind of rename french stuff to freedom or pour french wine down the drain sort of demonstration happening in France--most of it is just political protest against foreign policy which makes a lot more rational sense to me and seems perfectly acceptable.

As for the topic, I live in New York City and French bread is good here and fairly easy to come by.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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I lived in Marseille as a child and I thought the French school day was too long and there was too much homework. But I enjoyed eating the end part of the French baguette that was my job to buy for my family every morning at the local bakery around the corner from where we lived.
As an adult I visited Paris and I liked it very much.
I have also taught English to French students in NYC and they seemed to be nice people.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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I lived in Marseille as a child and I thought the French school day was too long and there was too much homework. But I enjoyed eating the end part of the French baguette that was my job to buy for my family every morning at the local bakery around the corner from where we lived.
As an adult I visited Paris and I liked it very much.
I have also taught English to French students in NYC and they seemed to be nice people.
Ha! I still eat the end part of the baguette...
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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The difficulty finding French bread in some Midwestern states certainly gives new life the the expression 'a pain in the ass'.
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