This reminds me of some advice I got a while back. I was lamenting the fact that I no longer felt welcome to visit Europe as I'd wanted to do for a while. Someone told me the answer was the International Pavilion at Disney World--all of the flavor with none of the Eurotrash.
I recently bought - and returned - a French-built product. It was a Thrustmaster analog PC gamepad. Those wanting to boycott should choose PC products other than those made by Guillemot or Thrustmaster, and no games published by UBI SOFT.
In fact, if you go to http://www.metrospy.com/boycott_brands.htm you'll see a list of some of the French companies in question. I have to admit, I subscribe to Road & Track magazine and intend to continue that. Vivendi is a huge media conglomerate; don't buy Half-Life 2 or World of Warcraft, they're both going to be published under the Vivendi umbrella.
Yoplait yogurt was one of my staples... so I thought I might switch to Dannon. Doh! It's on the list, too. How about RCA, Red Roof Inns, MP3.com, Nissan, Motel 6, and BIC?
The best entry on the list is the Jerry Springer Show. Who would have thought?
Why do people in this country pay so much heed to the French? As much as I hate to admit it, they do make a lot of great things, and it is a great place to visit, minus the dishwater serving waiters......If you care about being cultured and take an interest in history, it is hard to make a case for pretending France doesn't exist. Hey, I'm of German descent, but that doesn't make me a Nazi. Same with the French; sure they hate us, but we're actually very similar, and we spat and fight like brothers. I don't think its so horrible that someone actually had the balls to disagree with us. France would, right or wrong.
People visit China, Japan, buy their superior electronics and cars, despite their horrible war atrocities (latter) and Communist tendencies (former).
I'm rambling. I guess my point is, most French people are just people, like our country. I just think it makes us look childish and stupid to spend so much time worrying about the French. Meanwhile, they are smirking at their televisions, waiting for us to finally find one of those weapons of mass destruction, our excuse for bystepping the UN.
They don't care that we hate them. They see themselves as bigger people. We won't prove some half-thought out point by not buying Grey Goose Vodka and getting some third rate country singer to pen an idiotic ode like, say, "If I was French, I'd shave my a-- and learn to walk backwards."
We ignored the French, like we always do, and, again for better or worse, we did exactly what we wanted to do, regardless.
Note: We also shouldn't forget one of our biggest allies in the early days of OUR country. WIthout them, we wouldn't be sitting, staring at our computer screens....
The "fighting like brothers" part does not seem to be remembered as well in France, where they desecrated the graves of soldiers from outside France who died defending that land. If we must acknowledge every positive thing that France has done, why is so wrong to also acknowledge the negatives, as well? Anything else is hypocritical.
Also, continuing political opposition to the US and its true allies (i.e. those that work to support common ideals) is a much more telling sign of French intent than remembering events from decades to centuries ago. Before the actions by France in the UN to oppose the US, you would find many more people proud to say that they admired that country.
I know they don't care that we hate them. I don't care that they hate us, either. But hey, I've known about that since ninth grade French class.
I don't think France's obstruction had much to do with conscientious objection or a concern for Iraqi civilians. I think self-interest motivated them, and then solidarity with Schroeder, Putin, and others strengthened their resolve--it wasn't so much the stand they were making as the fact that they were making it at all.