Commentary: France's Yank Bashing Is Getting Sillier And Sillier

"It's not enough to succeed," said Talleyrand, the supremely cynical statesman of 18th century France. "Others must fail." Maybe that sentiment explains why a flourishing France revels in America-bashing these days. It goes far beyond the old complaints about fast food and Hollywood films. In late February, French newspapers splashed the spurious news that U.S. intelligence agencies were spying on French industries. That followed reports--originating in the Defense Ministry--that Microsoft Corp. could not be trusted because of links to the U.S. defense establishment.

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