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Bernard Accoyer and Anti-French Prejudice

09.02.2011 · Posted in Archives, History

According to a leaked diplomatic cable, UMP leader Bernard Accoyer raised the issue of Anti-French sentiment in the United States with American Embassy personnel in February 2005.

Accoyer indicated to his American counterparts that he continued to receive complaints from French constituents who live in the U.S. that instances of gratuitous rudeness motivated by Anti-French prejudice continue, as does dismissive public commentary and jokes. Accoyer insisted that the problem was not all that serious, but still unpleasant because unnecessary and unjustified. Accoyer accused his own fellow-citizens of not appropriately sympathizing with Americans.

5 Responses to “Bernard Accoyer and Anti-French Prejudice”

  1. Ah yes, the old “blame the victim” trick. It’s never the bully’s fault, always the victim’s. Excuse  me while I puke.

  2. I guess in diplomatic circles, it’s common to raise an issue and show good faith with self-criticism – but by doing so, you are in fact validating the “symmetrical” argument : Anti-French prejudice in America is justified by Anti-Americanism in France…

  3. It is September, 2011 and I still hear and see a few individual Americans make insulting remarks. Now days, though, they often look stupid to observers.

  4. Sorry I erased your comment by accident Barney !

    Here it is

    http://somd.com/calendar/?day=23&year=2011&month=9&calendar=&view_item=46169
    French-bashing at church for kids. Charming…

  5. Let me quote the link as well :

    Location: Huntingtown United Methodist Church
    Date: 9/23/2011
    Time: 7 PM
    Duration: 00:00

    The public is invited to Huntingtown United Methodist Church when the children’s drama group presents the delightful comedy-adventure Illinois Jane and the Pyramid of Peril. When a map to a long-lost pyramid is discovered, only the greatest adventure hero of all time can unlock its mysteries – Illinois Jane, cartographer extraordinaire! Illinois and her reluctant sidekick, Sid, will face the French villain, Pierre LeMalodeur, and a number of dangers in order to discover the secret of the Tomb of Hatshepsut. Meeting every challenge with style, panache and a bit of light-hearted French bashing, Illinois Jane rushes to the rescue in a harrowing climax as she matches wits with LeMalodeur in the heart of the Pyramid of Peril! This adventure comedy is suitable for all ages. There is no charge for this performance, but donations are gratefully accepted. The church is located at 4020 Hunting Creek Road. Call 410-257-3020 for more information.

    Posted By: Debbie Weir

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