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WASHINGTON (AFP) - (AFP) - La France est le pays dont l'action est la mieux perçue dans le monde, alors que le rôle joué par les Etats-Unis sur la scène internationale est au contraire jugé négativement par une majorité de l'opinion mondiale, selon un sondage conduit dans 23 pays publié jeudi. "Le pays bénéficiant de la meilleure appréciation est la France, perçue comme exerçant une influence positive dans 21 pays - avec une majorité de 58% en moyenne, contre 20% d'opinions négatives", relève le centre de recherches PIPA (Program on international policy attitudes) de l'Université du Maryland. Il n'y a qu'aux Etats-Unis qu'une majorité de l'opinion (52% contre 37%) a une perception négative de l'action de la France. Plus globalement, une majorité de l'opinion mondiale (58% au total, 53% en excluant les pays européens) souhaite voir l'Europe jouer un plus grand rôle que les Etats-Unis dans les affaires du monde. Les Mexicains (66%) et les Canadiens (63%) sont les plus demandeurs dans ce domaine. Seuls les Philippins (54%) et les Américains (55%) y sont majoritairement opposés. Par ailleurs les Etats-Unis sont le pays le plus impopulaire, devant la Russie, avec des opinions majoritairement défavorables dans respectivement 15 et 14 pays. "Notre enquête montre que la réputation de l'Europe s'est améliorée et celle de l'Amérique a décliné sous l'administration Bush", a commenté le président de GlobeScan, Doug Miller. "Certains ont fait valoir que la puissance militaire américaine mérite gratitude pour avoir rendu possible l'ordre économique mondial, mais avec le souvenir de la guerre froide qui s'efface, ce point de vue semble aussi s'effacer", estime pour sa part Steven Kull, le directeur du centre Pipa. Seuls six pays ont une appréciation positive de l'action des Etats-Unis. En moyenne, 47% de l'opinion mondiale (contre 38%) est critique du rôle des Etats-Unis. Les Argentins (65%), les Allemands (64%), les Russes, les Turcs (62%), les Canadiens (60%) et les Mexicains (57%), et dans une moindre mesure les Français (54%) ont l'opinion la plus négative des Etats-Unis, alors que leur action est au contraire particulièrement appréciée aux Philippines (88%), en Afrique du Sud (56%), en Inde (54%), en Pologne (52%) et en Corée du Sud (52%). Les plus grands soutiens de la France se trouvent en Allemagne (77% d'opinions favorables), en Italie (73%), en Chine (72%), en Corée du Sud (72%), en Afrique du Sud et au Liban (69%). La perception de la Russie est particulièrement négative, seuls cinq pays ayant une opinion positive de son action. Les Allemands et les Français (57%) sont les plus hostiles à l'influence russe, suivis par les Brésiliens (52%), et les Polonais (51%). Les plus favorables à la Russie sont les Chinois (64%) et les Indiens (67%). Enfin 14 pays ont une perception positive de la Chine. L'hostilité la plus forte à ce pays se rencontre en Allemagne (47%), aux Etats-Unis (46%) et en Pologne (33%), et n'est majoritaire nulle part. Le sondage a été coordonné par l'institut Globescan et mené principalement en décembre dernier auprès de 23.518 personnes au total par des instituts locaux.
post #2 of 27
first of all, i think those statistics are ridiculous. keep in mind that they were provided by an american university. according to them, only 57% of mexicans have a negative opinion of US foreign policy. i promise you and swear on the bible that the number is closer to 99%. to answer your original question, i think that pretty much everyone outside of europe and the heartland of america loves the french.
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i think that pretty much everyone outside of europe and the heartland of america loves the french.
Not liking France is for farmers.
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well, sadly I do not speak or read french
Basically many countries appreciate France and dislike the US.
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lol, what else is new.
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that is, until they start catapulting the cows at us. then, IT'S ON.
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Basically many countries appreciate France and dislike the US.
On the contrary, your assumption is incorrect. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news....op.html
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Europe unites in hatred of French By Henry Samuel in Paris (Filed: 17/05/2005) Language, history, cooking and support for rival football teams still divide Europe. But when everything else fails, one glue binds the continent together: hatred of the French.   Typically, the French refuse to accept what arrogant, overbearing monsters they are. But now after the publication of a survey of their neighbours' opinions of them at least they no longer have any excuse for not knowing how unpopular they are. Why the French are the worst company on the planet, a wry take on France by two of its citizens, dredges up all the usual evidence against them. They are crazy drivers, strangers to customer service, obsessed by sex and food and devoid of a sense of humour. But it doesn't stop there, boasting a breakdown, nation by nation, of what in the French irritates them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britons described them as "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless". However, the French may be more shocked by the views of other nations. For the Germans, the French are "pretentious, offhand and frivolous". The Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow." The Spanish see them as "cold, distant, vain and impolite" and the Portuguese as "preaching". In Italy they comes across as "snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed" and the Greeks find them "not very with it, egocentric bons vivants". Interestingly, the Swedes consider them "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty". But the knockout punch to French pride came in the way the poll was conducted. People were not asked what they hated in the French, just what they thought of them. "Interviewees were simply asked an open question - what five adjectives sum up the French," said Olivier Clodong, one of the study's two authors and a professor of social and political communication at the Ecole Superieur de Commerce, in Paris. "The answers were overwhelmingly negative." According to Mr Clodong, the old adage that France is wonderful, it's just the French who are the problem, is shared across Europe. "We are admired for our trains, the Airbus and Michelin tyres. But the buck stops there," he said. Another section of the study deals with how the French see the rest of Europe. "Believe it or not, the English and the French use almost exactly the same adjectives to describe each other - bar the word 'insular'," Mr Coldong said. "So the feelings are mutual."
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Basically many countries appreciate France and dislike the US.
On the contrary, your assumption is incorrect. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news....op.html
Vairry amusing. Course, this _is_ the Telegraph. Pretty much the newspaper version of English archers at Agincourt.
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(faustian bargain @ April 07 2005,21:09) that is, until they start catapulting the cows at us. then, IT'S ON.
Now go away or I shall taunt you a SECOND time you silling english king and your filthy kanights.
Quite possibly THE funniest movie in the history of mankind.
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Originally Posted by CTGuy,April 09 2005,11:55
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Originally Posted by faustian bargain,April 07 2005,21:09
that is, until they start catapulting the cows at us. then, IT'S ON.
Now go away or I shall taunt you a SECOND time you silling english king and your filthy kanights.
Quite possibly THE funniest movie in the history of mankind.
It took me a long time to realize what kanigits meant.
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Basically many countries appreciate France and dislike the US.
On the contrary, your assumption is incorrect. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news....op.html
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Europe unites in hatred of French By Henry Samuel in Paris (Filed: 17/05/2005) Language, history, cooking and support for rival football teams still divide Europe. But when everything else fails, one glue binds the continent together: hatred of the French.   Typically, the French refuse to accept what arrogant, overbearing monsters they are. But now after the publication of a survey of their neighbours' opinions of them at least they no longer have any excuse for not knowing how unpopular they are. Why the French are the worst company on the planet, a wry take on France by two of its citizens, dredges up all the usual evidence against them. They are crazy drivers, strangers to customer service, obsessed by sex and food and devoid of a sense of humour. But it doesn't stop there, boasting a breakdown, nation by nation, of what in the French irritates them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britons described them as "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless". However, the French may be more shocked by the views of other nations. For the Germans, the French are "pretentious, offhand and frivolous". The Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow." The Spanish see them as "cold, distant, vain and impolite" and the Portuguese as "preaching". In Italy they comes across as "snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed" and the Greeks find them "not very with it, egocentric bons vivants". Interestingly, the Swedes consider them "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty". But the knockout punch to French pride came in the way the poll was conducted. People were not asked what they hated in the French, just what they thought of them. "Interviewees were simply asked an open question - what five adjectives sum up the French," said Olivier Clodong, one of the study's two authors and a professor of social and political communication at the Ecole Superieur de Commerce, in Paris. "The answers were overwhelmingly negative." According to Mr Clodong, the old adage that France is wonderful, it's just the French who are the problem, is shared across Europe. "We are admired for our trains, the Airbus and Michelin tyres. But the buck stops there," he said. Another section of the study deals with how the French see the rest of Europe. "Believe it or not, the English and the French use almost exactly the same adjectives to describe each other - bar the word 'insular'," Mr Coldong said. "So the feelings are mutual."
Go away or I shall taunt you a second time.
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Poor personal hygeine and cruelty to animals are hardly endearing qualities, but nevertheless I like the French, and live next door to a French student who has a world class arse.
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I never understood that assumption that French have poor hygiene. All in all, I like them.
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