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Not loving the French is not an option. They're irrational. They invented the Traction Avant. They gave us a great big green statue. They may quite possibly, as an entire people, be insane. We have lived with a Frenchman and loved a Frenchwoman, and she's the one that slots perfectly in this story. When we were a teen we were with a group of riends raising hell in some lame '50s-style diner in Sacto. The ridiculously hot, Misfits-and-Schiele-loving Frenchwoman is being exceptionally obnoxious. The manager comes over and tells us to calm down.

She indignantly says, "I don't understand. I'm French!" And then she fired a spitball at him. A moment we were instantly reminded of when we found out Peugeot's response to British unionists' urgings that Britons boycott the company due to a plant closing in the UK was reported thusly: "A Peugeot spokesman said he was 'surprised' at the campaign and questioned whether union funds would have been better spent on employees." Vive la France!

Union advertising campaign urges boycott of Peugeot cars [Times, UK]

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Peugeot Returning to US? [Internal]