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Les Francophiles
For Americans, It’s Vive la France

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.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    It’s good that Americans like the French in poll responses. We should hope that the French keep liking us and do not suffer from being taught something else. Noting that Putin’s Russia is interested in the politics of France is not particularly comforting.

    • JR

      Vacations from history are out. Hard-ball realpolitik decisions that we thought were passé in the 90’s are in.

      • Curious Mayhem

        I kinda miss that vacation. Now we’re singing the End of the End of History Blues.

    • Dan

      The fact that the French didn’t get offended by bringing James Taylor to sing for them shows just how strong our relationship really must be =)

      J/K I’m a fan of JT

      • FriendlyGoat

        I like James Taylor too. Whether we should have taken him to sing, You’ve Got a Friend, I don’t know.

        With France, I hope it continues to believe that “the west” as led by America is the place to embrace, and Russia/China less so.

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