Boycotting French Products

  1. "Fighting the terrorists the American way. The most powerful weapon in the world is the U.S. Military machine. And the second most powerful weapon is the American consumer, you. Saddam Hussein now knows about American military power, and France is finding out about your consumer power right now."

    I found this intriguing. Apparently, the boycotting of French products is making some impact (large, small, I dont know) in France. The premise behind this is that US imports in the past have exceeded US exports to France, so by boycotting French products, the American people are impacting French economy.

    Any thoughts about this? Good thing? Bad thing? Effective or not?

    Linda
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  2. 49 Comments

  3. by   cindyln
    I really want to boycott france but my favorite shampoo is made there. I probably won't buy another bottle when the one I am using is empty. I really would like to find one that is comparable but american made too.
  4. by   fab4fan
    Well, I'll give my unvarnished opinion:

    I think it is stupid, petulant, and just the bratty kind of behavior that contributes to other countries' hostility toward Amercians. Good grief, should we send the Statue of Liberty back to France, too?
  5. by   Hardknox
    Joke I recieved from e-mail buddy:

    French's Mustard

    The makers of French's Mustard released the following statement:
    "We at the French's Company wish to put an end to statements that our product is manufactured in France. There is no relationship, nor has there ever been a relationship, between our mustard and the country of France. Indeed, our mustard is manufactured in Rochester, NY. The only thing we have in common is that we are both yellow".

    I had a list of French products to boycott sent to me and couldn't believe the things listed. Guinness was a big surprise--is that true? My husband will NEVER give that up! Since my grandfather was French the family still gets some grief about our last name. Can't see that it's making much of a difference. Hardly anything is wholely made in the USA today.
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Well, I'll give my unvarnished opinion:

    I think it is stupid, petulant, and just the bratty kind of behavior that contributes to other countries' hostility toward Amercians. Good grief, should we send the Statue of Liberty back to France, too?

    I agree!
  7. by   kitty=^..^=cat
    My favorite sparkling wine is French, and no WAY am I boycotting it!!
  8. by   gotosleep
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Well, I'll give my unvarnished opinion:

    I think it is stupid, petulant, and just the bratty kind of behavior that contributes to other countries' hostility toward Amercians. Good grief, should we send the Statue of Liberty back to France, too?

    my sentiments exactly. well said
  9. by   ChainedChaosRN
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Well, I'll give my unvarnished opinion:

    I think it is stupid, petulant, and just the bratty kind of behavior that contributes to other countries' hostility toward Amercians. Good grief, should we send the Statue of Liberty back to France, too?


    Ummm...didn't we already pay for that? Maybe we should use it up first :roll
  10. by   Mkue
    Linda, I've heard there has been an impact on French goods and profits are down in France.

    I haven't given up anything French, but then, I only buy Italian bread, Italian wine.. etc..
  11. by   sbic56
    fab4fan said it best.

    Actually, I have been looking for ways to increase my consumption of French made products!
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/li...bertyfacts.htm
    Date Construction of the Statue began in France: 1875
    Title of Statue: "Liberty Enlightening the World"

    Sculptor: Auguste Bartholdi
    Bartholdi's Military Rank: Quartermaster to a force of five thousand soldiers
    Bartholdi's Commander at Autun during Franco-Prussian War in 1870: Giuseppe
    Garibaldi (FS1986)

    Structural Engineer: Gustave Eiffel
    Method of Fabrication: Repousse Process

    Statue completed in Paris: June 1884
    Statue presented to America by the people of France: July 4, 1884

    The New Colossus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
    with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


    Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)
  13. by   WashYaHands
    I first heard about the French boycott a few weeks ago when an economist said that it wouldnt make any difference in the French economy. I passed the issue up and forgot about it. It was brought up again a few days ago and the same economist basically said he was wrong and that it was having an impact.

    I've not purposely boycotted anything, but then again, I haven't paid much attention to the products that I use. I will say that I'm going to NY in May and taking a dinner cruise in NY harbor. I wouldnt miss the statue of liberty for anything

    Linda
  14. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    originally posted by fab4fan
    well, i'll give my unvarnished opinion:

    i think it is stupid, petulant, and just the bratty kind of behavior that contributes to other countries' hostility toward americans. good grief, should we send the statue of liberty back to france, too?
    it would appear that only america can decide not to participate or disagree with other countries (specially those not democratic) for whatever reason...and we don't expect to be boycotted. however...we can boycott the french (a democratic society) for standing behind their convections...now what *does* that say about us?

    i totally agree that this is completely petty & sophomoric in nature and should stop !

    thoroughly disgusted & annoyed with this country ,
    moe

    p.s., why is the [img ]xxx[ /img] function turn off?

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