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The French Way: How France Embraced and Rejected American Values and Power

Richard F. Kuisel


There are over 1,000 McDonald's on French soil. Two Disney theme parks have opened near Paris in the last two decades. And American-inspired vocabulary such as “le weekend” has been absorbed into the French language. But as former French president Jacques Chirac put it: “The U.S. finds France unbearably pretentious. And we find the U.S. unbearably hegemonic.” Are the French fascinated or threatened by America? They Americanize yet are notorious for expressions of anti-Americanism. From McDonald's and Coca-Cola to free markets and foreign policy, this book looks closely at the conflicts and con ... More

Keywords: France, American culture, Americanize, anti-Americanism, free markets, foreign policy, American politics, national identity, French way, French identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151816
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard F. Kuisel, author
Georgetown University