I've skimmed over some of the posts here, which are mostly quite amusing. I'd like to know, how many people who post on / read this page of the site have been to France? How many know a single Frenchman / Frenchwoman on a first-name basis? How many speak or read French? How many could name a single French newspaper or television station? If I wanted to talk about the RER, ruins in Arles, Marcel Dessailly, Patrick Bruel, or even Jean-Marie Lepen, how many people would even know what I was talking about (without doing a google search first). Or is 'France' for most Americans simply a pantomime villian that occasionally sneaks around to thwart US interests?