A Turn-of-the-Century Honeymoon?

in French Politics, Culture & Society
Pierre Verdaguer University of Maryland, College Park

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The American press of the mid-nineties was not kind to France and the French. A surprising number of anti-French articles, some of them very disparaging and truly offensive, were published in major dailies and magazines (the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, etc.) between 1993 and 1997.1 The most abusive piece may have been an article in the Washingtonian: “Sacre Bleu! What Would Washington Be Like If the French Ran It? As Insufferable as the French Themselves” (July 1997, pp. 39-42). Its author, David Brooks, covers European affairs for the Wall Street Journal, giving one a sense of how biased this newspaper’s coverage of France can be.

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