That's true, but the relationship with France is much more complicated than that with Britain. Along with the expression "frogs", I think we've assumed a lot of the British disdain for, and competition with, France that have accumulated over the centuries, primarily because of our history as former British colonies, our shared language, and to some extent, culture, not to mention the bonds forged during the World Wars. And I believe the French think we also owe them for their support during the Revolutionary War. I'm not a Francophile, but I have French friends and colleagues whom I greatly appreciate. Whenever I believe that France is looking down its nose at the U.S., I try to remember that, as a nation, France must feel insecure vis Ã:censor: vis a nation that "usurped" its position as a major power, and always seems to take the side of its former archrival, Britain. Not to mention what many Europeans call "cultural imperialism": English as the international language, TV series, Hollywood movies, jeans, Coca Cola and McDonald's. And as far as the French being arrogant, which is a common complaint: many are, and many aren't. The same can be said of Americans, Germans, Brits, etc., etc. My French is nonexistent, and I used to think that it was very arrogant of many French people to insist on speaking French, even though they had years of English in school, until I had several French people, at different times, admit that they were embarrassed to speak English because of their "appalling accents". They were all rather surprised when I told them that many Americans find a French accent charming!