Americans have decided they love La Belle France. A recent Gallup survey of American attitudes towards foreign countries found, naturally enough, that we like Britain and Canada while we loathe Russia, Iran, and North Korea. But the French numbers are surprising:
At 82% in 2015, American favorability toward France has reached its highest level since this question was first asked in 1991. In the aftermath of January’s Charlie Hebdo terror attack, Secretary of State John Kerry brought musician James Taylor to Paris to sing “You’ve Got a Friend” to the French people, the surest sign yet that Franco-American relations are in a solid state. Americans’ views of their nation’s oldest ally have been steadily on the mend since the two countries had a falling out in 2003 over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, when only 34% rated France favorably.
Of course, if the Charlie Hebdo attacks did boost this number, it may very well come down again. But 82 percent is still a very striking number—”freedom fries” could be off the menu for a while yet.