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The French WayHow France Embraced and Rejected American Values and Power$
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Richard F. Kuisel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151816

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151816.001.0001

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America à la Mode: The 1980s

America à la Mode: The 1980s

(p.1) 1 America à la Mode: The 1980s
The French Way

Richard F. Kuisel

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the warmth of French towards America, and much associated with America, in the 1980s as a prelude to the creeping chilliness in perceptions and relations that followed, while watching the underlying rivalry that generated controversies. It examines how the French responded to the American model—principally Reagan's domestic policies. Among the reasons for transatlantic amity was the admirable way Washington navigated the end of the Cold War. The splendid performance of the U.S. economy in the mid-1980s and the personal appeal of Reagan enhanced America's reputation. French domestic politics also contributed when the attempt at advancing socialism crashed and “Reaganomics,” at least to some French conservatives, briefly seemed attractive.

Keywords:   France, United States, American culture, Ronald Reagan, Reaganomics, domestic policy

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