Nobody's Perfect

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:
Nobody's Perfect

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This chapter concludes how Francophilia had become concentrated in the upper-class social elite, upper-middle-class liberals, and women, the people who most enjoyed traveling to France. American tourists rarely refer to French greed or rudeness, and very few even mentioned their reputation for anti-Americanism. In contrast to concern about French anti-Semitism, much of this kind of Francophobia seems to have been concentrated among people who never were and never wanted to be tourists in France. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, American visitors continued to assume that it was anti-Americanism that impelled café waiters to abuse them and department store clerks to ignore them. So persistent was this idea of implacable French anti-Americanism that American tourists continued to be surprised by signs of French hospitality and decency.

Keywords: Francophilia; French greed; anti-Americanism; Francophobia; American tourists

Chapter.  5415 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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