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American Francophobia Takes a Turn Positive images of France are normally associated with good food, high fashion and its tourism industry. “Francopobia”, the system produced by stereotypes about French people, French society and French foreign policy. The essay offers analysis of Francophobia, including its content and political base. The recent rallies and political polarization around conservative circles are new characteristics of Francophobia. Images of Francophobia The history between America and France includes XYZ affairs, images on tourists in the early twentieth century and American supports on European front during World War II. The essentialism developed during the historical period is generally ungrateful, dishonest, greedy. These stereotypes such as frivolous and immoral were always reinforced. Because US supported France during World War II, US views France with a constant condescending attitude. With the historical background and reinforcement from tourists in France, France presents a rural image and refuses to modernize. Stereotypes sometimes contain parts of the truth or truth in the past without the acknowledgement of its progress. Francophobia in diplomatic circles Francophobia includes French anti-Americanism, commercial gain, nostalgia of the past and political corruption. Stereotypes also come from the belief that America is helping the world and France stands in its way; France constantly indulges itself in the glory of its past, though it is actually insignificant. There is also suspicion that France is semi-liberal or illiberal where minorities are always suppressed. Diversity is not welcomed and the minority is required to comply with the majority. Francophobia comes naturally from American conservatives and non-conservatives.
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