PXiZ1102 » 26 Feb 2021, 6:49 am » wrote: ↑
I suspect there may be similarities between the general French attitudes today and the character projected by the fictional Police Capt. Louis Renault in the film, Casablanca.
https://www.sparknotes.com/film/casabla ... s-renault/
What I (cynically) gather from this character portrait is that when Louis no longer needs Rick Blaine, and some opportunity presents itself for Louis to personally benefit, he would turn his back on Rick but do it in a charming way.
And that is how I see the French today.
Fair weather friends, but maybe just a little more than that, owing to the need the French have for the USA, economically and militarily. Even though there are no Nazi's threatening their freedom and prompting an obvious reliance on our country's might, they are still challenged by international foes and feel more secure having a friend (no matter the weather) in Uncle Sam.
But the people are still too Progressive for their own good or ours.
I quite like this critique, disagree with it though I do. A Francophile myself, I see the French through a more charitable lens. I respect the balls of the French in standing up to government on a fairly regular basis. And I see the progressivism in France the way I see it here. I do not mistake the cancer for the meat.
The French were the world's America, back before there was an America. A melting pot of Franks, Romans, Celts, Gauls, Ligurians, Britons, Scandanavians and a dozen other ethnicities, the French were great improvisers, tacticians, strategists and inventors who contributed mightily to our daily lives right up to modern times with their philosophies, military innovations, architectural triumphs and medical inventions. They just about invented fine dining. The French bring game.
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