A new French underground?
It sometimes seems as though all we hear from France these days is anti-Americanism.
But according to a correspondent of Roger Simon's, there is a certain closet pro-Americanism in evidence there. His letter to Roger features stories of people coming up to him and confiding their disagreement with the fashionable and official US-bashing.
And this is not just in response to the current riots, either, since the incidents he describes occurred prior to them. I wonder, however, whether in the wake of these riots there will be an increase in sympathy for what in France is known as the "cowboy" approach--and for the "cowboys" themselves.
So, does this represent a new French underground: the pro-Americans? And, if so, how large is it?
To the latter question, I have not a clue what percentage of the population might feel this way. But my guess is that there are a great many people all over France and other parts of anti-American "old Europe" who are fed up with their countries' recent behavior towards the US and the opinions expressed in their press.
Whether there are enough of these people to swing an election, and whether such a reaction would take the extreme form of a hardline and bigoted far-right backlash (read: Le Pen), only time will tell.