That's why most of people wear US clothes (polo, levis, caterpillar, Nike...), learn English at school, pay to see US movies or TV show based on US braodcasts (reality shows) and eat in fast foods...
Ernest, you misunderstand what I mean, I personally have never had a problem with the Parisians, but, I know many who have, not becase of predetermined ideas of the people of France or the Parisian people, but more a feel of disassociaton if you might when dealing with merchants, etc. Yes, I agree the people of most European big cities embrace American clothing, etc.....however that is not to say they are embracing the culture, the overall sense of being American, and that is good...as I cannot be French, neither can you be American, that is what makes us unique to our own cultures. I will say however, for example, I have seen from personal experience a waiter in a famous restaurant in Paris, LA TOUR D'ARGENT, refuse to speak English when we were trying to order and obviuosly having a very hard time in doing so, yet he was speaking English just around the corner when I excused to go into the restroom. That is what I am referring to, just the fact that many in Paris try to make it harder on Americans than they have to, just to it seems at times to make for a difficult holiday experience for the Americans. And maybe the same happens here, I am not sure, I can say I have not sen it.
I have never encountered the rudeness that Americans speak of in Paris, in the many times I have been there.
I agree with hs statment for the most part....the only time I have ever really encountered anything even close to rudness IMO was a time at a cafe' one evening near the Louvre, (and by the way I was with my WIFE Ernest, not trolling) and part of that may have been my own fault, to some degree I accept responsibility, however, as in America, the same thing could have happened as well. We had arived in Paris late one afternoon after being held in Prague for 4 hours due to a bomb threat, well after spending about 4 hours at a cafe' drinking wine and visiting with some friends, we all got a bit loud, remebering times past et, and this young man got agitated as he was on a date, jumped up, began yelling at the group, me in particular, about how we rude loud Americans all thought the world revolved around us and we were disgustingly rude and ruining his date...blah blah blah...but then to make an insult even worse, he did it in French, so I really had no clue???....but his point was understood, I apologized, and the waiter asked him to leave.
The times I have been to Paris I always had a blast. Wherever I went the people (Parisians or other tourists) were very friendly and willing to help me out. I think it is just a matter of how you present yourself and to remember that you are a guest in their city. I think they feel that Americans want to dominate the entire world and they are very proud and protective of their culture.
Best answer I have heard, I agree I love Paris, and do not hate the Parisian people. If i did not have a blast everytime I have been there, 8 times I might add, I would find another place to go, I fought for 4 hours trying to get this holiday for this fall booked, only because I was having a problem getting a reasonable flight that would get me from Berlin to Paris at a decent rate, but I am going out of my way, via Milan to get to Paris and spend 4 days in a city full of life and fun, good food, great museums, and wonderful scenery. Although I did want meet up with Ernest, I could have found many other ood places to go, but I have not been back to the city of Lights in 2 years, and my wife and I both miss it, we are both looking forward to the trip, and made Paris the agenda, not the choice. My thing is, and being in Paris just 2 months before the invasion of Iraq, or whatever you want to call it, too many Europeans, and Americans view the people of the country with politics in mind, and judge the people based on their countries political interests, and that is a bad thing from both sides. Americans are not all supportive of the war, but not all Europeans are unsupportive either, let us put the politics aside, let the politicians deal with that, and just be tourists in a city where we can all enjoy each of the cultures from different cities and better understand the culutres as well as be friends. By the way, will be in Paris Sept 12-16...see you then.