Boycotting French products?

  1. Ok, I have a choice - write my patho paper, get sleep for my early rounding tomorrow, or post a poll.

    I saw this poll on the Bill O'Reilly show, and thought it would be interesting to compare our results to this poll's results.

    Here are the results of the Bill O'Reilly poll:


    Should we start boycotting all French products in response to their anti-American stance?

    Answer Percent
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    Yes - They've gone too far. 95%
    No - They have a right to dissent. 4%
    Don't Know - Let's see what happens in the UN. 1%
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    Total Votes: 83578
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  2. Poll: Should we start boycotting all French products in response to their anti-American sta

    • Yes - They've gone too far.

      40.54% 30
    • No - They have a right to dissent.

      56.76% 42
    • Don't know - Let's see what happens in the UN.

      2.70% 2
    74 Votes
  3. 47 Comments

  4. by   TX Guy
    I have more respect for the French now than I've ever had before. I appreciate it when people show some b*alls and stand up for what they believe in.

    P
  5. by   TX Guy
    oops

    I meant b*lls
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think it silly to boycott anyone for such a thing. They do have a right to their beliefs even if they differ from mine. I don't have a problem with French products or calling fries "french fries". To me, the whole thing is silly.
  7. by   kavi
    Since we (Americans) are all about the right to dissent, it would be pretty hypocritical for us to punish others for doing so.

    I think the whole 'Freedom Fries' thing was a political publicity stunt that trivialized a situation---right when American troops are preparing to put their lives on the line.

    And realistically, how many real "French" products are there that we use in our daily lives? Things might have a French sounding name, but be made in America by Americans. Or might be from Canada, where everything must be bi-lingual. I live near the Canadian border, and lots of products on the shelves here are bi-lingual. So simply because there are French words on the packaging doesn't mean it's a French product.

    Anyway, interesting thought.

    kavi
  8. by   valk
    I have no argument with the French & will continue to drink their wine & use their perfume.
    After all, France is a sovereign nation with the right to formulate it's own foreign policy.
  9. by   CashewLPN
    um.... Look up einsteins POV right before, and then during WW2...
    personally, I think like that brain.
    --Barbara
  10. by   Tweety
    The French, while not forgeting what we've done in the world wars, have pretty much always been antiAmerican. It's been a love-hate relationship for a long, long time. If we are for it, then naturally, they are against it. They are superior to all the English-speaking people of the world don't you know.

    I answered no. I support their right to dissent. They should be able to speak their mind and vote as they feel without the threat of our econmic "muscle". Besides in this global economy it is very different to separate ourselves from any European country. We'd be hurting ourselves, should they retaliate and boycot American.
  11. by   TNcanNURSE
    "Freedom Fries"

    Haven't heard that yet, but it is interesting to note that sauerkraut became "freedom cabbage" during WWII.
  12. by   TNcanNURSE
    I did come across a quite "heated" debate on the issue. THE FREEDOM FRIES are mentioned quite a bit. a pretty nasty debate
    Last edit by TNcanNURSE on Mar 18, '03
  13. by   TNcanNURSE
    Originally posted by kavi
    And realistically, how many real "French" products are there that we use in our daily lives?
    I don't know enough about the issue to make my mind up either way but I did find a HUGE list of products that we are being called to boycott, many of which we use/have used in our household.

    Among the more "popular" that are on the list:
    Perrier, Evian, Maybelline, BF Goodrich (because Michelin owns them), Michelin, Red Roof Inns, Motel 6, L'Oreal, Grey Goose, Lea & Perrins, U.S. Filter (haven't got a clue what that is, but it doesn't sound French), Athlete's Foot shoe stores, Nissan (because it is primarily French owned), Fendi, Hennessey, Thomson/RCA, Hermes, Club Med, Yves Rocher, Redken, Ralph Lauren fragrances, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Donna Karen, Lancome, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Bic, and Cuisinart.

    On a funnier note Ben&Jerry's have a new ice-cream called "I Hate the French Vanilla"
  14. by   emily_mom
    Personally, I like FRENCH fries and FRENCH toast..... I only wish I could afford authentic french products like Hermes, Club Med, Jean-Paul Gaultier (ok, maybe not that one! ), Chanel, etc....

    I can't even afford a damn nice Cuisinart stand mixer. Maybe if they're boycotted, I can get one cheaper.....
  15. by   Ortho_RN
    well if I boycott my Nissan (which my was built in good ole USA) I wouldn't be able to drive.. nah, not gonna happen.. They can have their opinion, just hope they will remember this when they need the US or Britains help again.. And they always do..

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