I think it's fair to say that there's no love lost between the French and American peoples today. Forgotten are the close personal and political ties that bound the birth of these great Republics, or so it seems.
One can understand, I suppose, how the French would find it distasteful to fraternize with those war-mongering, culturally backwards hamburger-gobblers, and no one could possibly fault the Americans for sneering at that lot of artsy-fartsy surrender monkeys.
As an independent observer, entirely objective and without any personal stake in the matter (a native French speaker dating an American, I have *cough* no bias whatsoever *cough*) I feel obliged to point out that the two camps have far more in common than either would be comfortable admitting.
It would be heartwarming to be able to say that both are making equal gestures to bridge the distance between them, and it pains me to give less credit to the US considering their recent progress with socialized healthcare (can we do something about DADT next?) but this week the prize for effort must go to France.
France's justice minister has called for legal action to be taken against a man who was photographed wiping his bottom with the French flag.
[...] But under French law, it is only an offence to insult the flag in an event organised by the public authorities - not in a private, cultural event such as this, adds our correspondent.
Ms Alliot-Marie said that in that case the law should be changed.
"Presumably the law has the legal means to punish such an intolerable act against the French flag," said the minister's spokesman.
"If the existing law proves incomplete in this regard, it should be revised."
Score minus several million for the self-proclaimed homeland of human rights and freedom of expression. My thoughts on the matter echo satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman's "Patriot Act" song...
"Is it more patriotic to uphold the constitution and burn the flag
Than to hold up the flag and burn the constitution ?"