Bouncing Back: The 1980s

in We'll Always Have Paris

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226473789
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226473802 | DOI:
Bouncing Back: The 1980s

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An astonishing poll showed that France in 1984, which had been the most anti-American country in Western Europe in the postwar years, was the most pro-American. There were many factors behind this transformation, but certainly the most paradoxical was that President de Gaulle had played a major role in bringing it about. The changing attitudes may have been behind reports, common in 1980 that the French were treating American tourists better. By the end of 1960, there were enough good French restaurants in major American cities for Craig Claiborne to call it the decade in which French haute cuisine had finally come of age in America. By the mid-1970s, upper-middle-class tourists were finally becoming enamored with French food. In 1980, newly adventurous Americans took to eating raw fish in sushi restaurants, green curry sauces in Thai restaurants, and using pancakes instead of forks and knives in Ethiopian ones. Supermarkets began carrying an impressive array of new foods from abroad. In 1970 and 1980, major changes in the museum industry helped turn more of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists into posthumous celebrities.

Keywords: France; pro-American; President de Gaulle; American tourists; supermarkets

Chapter.  9330 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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