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June 18, 2003

Sauce For The Frog

More anecdotal evidence that the "Boycott France" meme is having an effect, albeit on Americans.

The "president and CEO of the N.C. Restaurant Association", there's a cushy job, blames the economy rather than the boycott, though some of the restaurant owners don't share his view.

"The economy started to get bad, then the war and the boycott finished me," says Therese Freeman, owner of Jean-Claude's for the past 10 years, the last two without drawing a salary.

At least one other makes his opinion of the boycotters clear, further claiming that they haven't hurt his business.

Felix Roux, chef-owner of Provence, says, "Our clientele is very well-educated, very well-traveled, so I did not experience that attitude at all." Of course, his business is in Carrboro, the self-proclaimed "Paris of the Piedmont" whose Board of Aldermen declared April "French Trade Month" in defiance of the boycott.

He certainly sounds French. Presumably the more well-educated and well traveled a person, the more one is willing to put up with rudeness, though it's at least as possible that one will put up with rudeness in order to make others think one is well-traveled and educated.

Also mentioned is Cafe Momo, which opened just up the road from us in a converted McDonalds before closing down earlier in the year. Which, given the current French antipathy for the chain, implies that one of the more valuable uses of McDonalds is its role in spreading antibodies against the French throughout the world. Ironic, isn't it, using a special sauce against the French?

Now if someone would just open a McDonalds in downtown Carrboro, we could put the theory to the test.

Posted by Bigwig at June 18, 2003 01:35 PM | TrackBack
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Check out Samizdata. They've got a bunch of coverage of the French reaction to the unorganized U.S. boycott of France.

Ironically, they are using Woody Allen in television adverts to convince people to go to France.

This just shows how little they understand us. First of all, the kind of people who would take Woody Allen's advice are the kind of people who would never think of boycotting France - in fact, they are the types who are more likely to go to France if they hear that conservative "Red State" residents are boycotting.

Second, he's an immoral little pervert who married his 19 year-old stepdaughter. He is a symbol of the morally expedient thinking the French are so despised for. No, really, we aren't okay with the idea that our wife and two mistresses ought to be drinking buddies...

Using Allen as a spokesman - and in one ad he says "I don't want to Freedom kiss my wife, I want to French kiss her" - is pouring salt, muriatic acid and broken glass into an open wound.

Merde!

Posted by: Omnibus Bill at June 19, 2003 12:57 PM
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