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Vile France: Fear, Duplicity, Cowardice and Cheese

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Nearly twelve years ago, in an effort to gather French public support for the Maastricht Treaty, President Francois Mitterrand famously said, "We are at war with America." And America, along with the rest of the world, laughed but otherwise paid little attention to this comment at the time. More recently, however, French anti-Americanism has gotten our attention and caused an equal and opposite reaction. As Denis Boyles writes in the introduction to Vile France, "What we mistakenly see as a craven, anti-Semitic, hypocritical, hysterically anti-American, selfish, overtaxed, culturally exhausted country bereft of ideas, fearful of its own capitulation to fundamentalist Islam, headed for a demographic cul de sac, corrupted by lame ideologies, crippled by a spirit-stomping social elite and up to its neck in a cheesy souffle of multilayered bureaucracy is actually worse than all that. It's vile."

In this bitingly funny and insightful polemic, Boyles, who has lived and worked in France for several years, examines the internal crises — a falling birthrate, an expanding Muslim minority, economic stagnation, a lessening of international prestige — that have changed the personality of what was once "La Belle France," transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety. He explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America's oldest ally has become one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal &3151; the European Union — against the interests of an America that it fears and envies.

Vile France is a work that will gratify Francophobes every where and cause even the most committed defender of the Jacques Chirac worldview to crack an occasional smile.

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According to journalist Boyles, the French are at war with the US, partially because they are to some extent with themselves. Boyles finds French political leadership seeks out the US as a target largely because they face substantial anxiety at home, including rising fears about the declining birthrate (but casual acceptance of the decline of the family), a rise in both public anti-Semitism and violence against the Islamic population, and the failure to export cultural and intellectual property at the wholesale rates enjoyed by the US. He cites, amongst many other examples, French leaders' behavior during the initial phases of the latest war in Iraq, the 15,000 elderly and disabled people who died of neglect in a heat wave when their families abandoned them during an August national vacation, and French's apparent agenda against the US in the European Union. Francophobes will laugh. Francophiles will wonder why Boyles lived there for so long.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Boyles explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America's oldest ally has become one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal — the European Union — against the interests of an America that it fears and envies.

Synopsis:

In this bitingly funny and insightful polemic, Boyles, using his knowledge of history and his shrewd eye for current events, examines the internal crises — a falling birth rate, an expanding Muslim minority, economic stagnation, a lessening of international prestige — that have changed the personality of what was once 'La Belle France', transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety. He explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America's oldest ally became one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal — the European Union — against the interests of an America that it fears and envies. While making clear his affection for the "France" of the French people, he targets the "France" of the ruling elite — from de Gaulle to Chirac — who have always run the country as a private club, often to the angry dismay of its citizens.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594030529
Author:
Boyles, Denis
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Anti-Americanism.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
France Politics and government.
Subject:
United States Relations France.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9.24 x 6.44 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Boyles explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America's oldest ally has become one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal — the European Union — against the interests of an America that it fears and envies.
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In this bitingly funny and insightful polemic, Boyles, using his knowledge of history and his shrewd eye for current events, examines the internal crises — a falling birth rate, an expanding Muslim minority, economic stagnation, a lessening of international prestige — that have changed the personality of what was once 'La Belle France', transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety. He explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America's oldest ally became one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal — the European Union — against the interests of an America that it fears and envies. While making clear his affection for the "France" of the French people, he targets the "France" of the ruling elite — from de Gaulle to Chirac — who have always run the country as a private club, often to the angry dismay of its citizens.
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