I wonder what percentage of Americans feel morally in debt to France

Poll: Half of French feel no moral debt

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.


  1. We do not have to mend our ways with the French. They have to mend their ways with us. The United Stated did not follow any policy which could in any way be considered as spiteful to the French. The French on the other hand, used spiting the US as a policy. The US policy in Iraq was not a French issue. They could have alligned there policy to Iraq with the US or they could have stepped aside. The French policy in Iraq was a US issue. Their policy was collaboration with one of the worst despots on earth. They were, for all intents and purposed, allied with Iraq as they had been paid to do. The French did not come to the aid of the American Revolution. They were at war with England already. The Revolution was just a convenient side action against the British that happened to help the Americans. There was no nobility in their deeds. It was, as always, self serving.

  2. Bravo J, Good post. The French are Nationalistic snobs of the first order and unfortunately (except for the Brits and Italians) the rest of the European Union is playing follow the leader. I’ve had enough exposure to the ‘Continental mindset’ to realize memories on that side of the pond are short and the Socialist (take from the rich & give to the poor) mentality rules. I predict (backed by statistics) the majority religion in Europe will be Islam by 2015. Then we’ll have more than just Frog snobbery and their rot-gut wine to worry about!