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The French hate themselves more than we do

The French have a lower opinion of themselves than Americans do, as reported by Reuters:

The French dislike themselves even more than the Americans dislike them, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.

The survey of six nations, carried out for the International Herald Tribune daily and France 24 TV station, said 44 percent of French people thought badly of themselves against 38 percent of U.S. respondents who had a negative view of the French.

Only 14 percent of Germans, 25 percent of Italians, 29 percent of Spaniards and 33 percent of Britons had a negative view of the French, according to the Harris/Novatris poll, which questioned more than 1,000 people in each country.

Read the full results at the link above. Thanks to Jay Nordlinger of NRO for pointing out this story.

Not terribly surprising, really, when you consider the French devotion to good taste, eh?

Comments (12)

If you had to deal with oth... (Below threshold)

If you had to deal with other French every day, I think you'd feel more strongly about it too.

Maybe their self-loathing i... (Below threshold)

Maybe their self-loathing is a result of realizing that the socialist and wide-open immigration "theories" are disastrous when they are actually put into practice.

The one big problem is once you buy into that bag of goodies it is almost impossible to undo them. The only thing left for anyone to do is smack themselves in the forehead and curse "what the hell were we thinking?"

Or.....Maybe, just maybe that percentage number is in direst correlation with the number of French that had their cars burned or windows smashed from those non-assimilated people practicing their religion of peace.

If the lefties in this country are successful of giving us the French model, I'm sure our self-loathing numbers would soar too. And the worst part is the lefties are trading our national security just to mimic the French.



How long til we see a study done that libs hate themselves??

When you go to bed with Isl... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

When you go to bed with Islamofacists, it's tough to respect yourself in the morning.

And you know? After reading... (Below threshold)
Farmer Joe:

And you know? After reading this, I actually like the French a little more than I did. Just a little, mind you.

But did anyone see the Fren... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

But did anyone see the French presidential debate debate last night? It was a real debate; hammer and tongue. 2 hours and forty minutes with no props . The moderators harldy got in a word and there was no possiblility of anyone carrying a wire. And those who can't vote in the French National elections, vote with their feet. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with 78 milion foreign visitors in 2006.

If they (the French, that i... (Below threshold)

If they (the French, that is) want to begin a turnaround on the devolution trend, they could start by delivering a landslide victory for Nikolas Sarkozy. After all, a vote for Segolene Royal is a vote for a continuance of the "To Hell in a Gasoline Handbasket" strategy.

Jim Addison: Why do "We" "h... (Below threshold)

Jim Addison: Why do "We" "hate the French", again?

Or is that the patrician "we" (i.e."I")

In which case, why do You "hate" the French?

I just read an article in t... (Below threshold)

I just read an article in the International Herald Tribune the other day about how many of the "young people" of France are moving to other countries (mostly England) because there are just no more opportunities in France. It was very informative.

Yet I pick up one women's magazine after another which keeps on portraying France as this socialist utopia with all these great government handouts for mothers with children, etc. etc. and how wouldn't it be so great if we had that here in the U.S., etc. etc.

Gawd, liberals are idiots.

There are still more people... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

There are still more people emigrating from Britain to France than vice versa..mainly retirees ...hey given british food, british prices, british weather, british inner city crime rates, that doesn't sound like such a a surprising figure..I'm probably biased about France. I lived 2 years in Paris, in the 70's, it was probably the best period of my life, and even on a few brief return visits, it is still my favorite city, and probably the world's...though yes the French can be flinty hearted, (hargneux ), have stifling labor laws etc.

Looked at from another p... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Looked at from another perspective, the Germans have the highest regard for their neighbors, with 73 percent saying they had a positive view of the French.

Any idiot can see the Germans are clearly buttering and sucking up the French to disguise yet another invasion and take over of the country. Duh.

(Relax. I kid...)

what percentage of the fren... (Below threshold)

what percentage of the french bashers on this thread have been to europe, or even outside of their own towns?

Jo, it's great that you read "women's magazines" for your information sources. which magazines might you read that decribe France as a socialist utopia? enquiring minds want to know. do you ask for freedom fries at mcdonalds?

american conservative republicans- uninformed, uneducated, bigoted and loud of mouth. and then you ask "why do they hate us?" because you effing bug the shit out of everyone on the goddam planet and then insist on telling everyone how great and righteous you are. i'm gonna go puke now.






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