This just in:
Fewer than 50 percent of French people think France has a moral debt to the United States 60 years after the Allied D-Day landings, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday.
The poll of 1,000 people on May 25 and 26 showed 48 percent of respondents thought France, which was liberated by U.S. and other Allied forces during World War Two, had a moral debt to the United States. Fifty percent thought it did not.
The poll was published by Le Parisien newspaper hours before U.S. President George W. Bush was due to arrive in France for the anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. It also showed growing French criticism of the United States.
Well, I suppose this sort of undermines the commenters who claimed in my comments that most of France feels much obliged. Again, the extreme ones who defile cemeteries and memorials are certainly a very tiny fraction of those who don’t feel any moral debt, but this poll shows that they aren’t totally out in left field.
Freedom Fries aside, I see no harm in a few hard feelings from our side of the pond towards theirs. I mean, I drank some French wine the other weekend, but any inclination I ever had to favor the stuff over Californian (or Australian) is long gone. I think a lot of folks probably feel the same way, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
As I’ve said before, I continue to hold out hope that we can mend our fences with the French. But I’m not holding my breath.