With Nicolas Sarkozy's decisive victory as the new president of France, the French have produced their first pro-American ruler since Louis XVI.
Actually, Clemenceau as a youth was a newsman in Wisconsin and other parts of the Midwest and was a big fan of the USA, but the overall rivalry between France and the USA for legimate bragging rights for founding democratic government has often resulted in silly name-calling interspersed with intermittent lovefests.
When I was Vice Consul in Lyon, France, I learned that Lyon was the only city in the world outside the US to celebrate the Fourth of July, in honor of their being liberated from the Nazis in 1944. I celebrated one Fourth there with Gen. Donaldson, Cinc of NATO at the time, and helped escort him to a battle site in Bourg-en-Bresse where he as a young lieutenant helped knock out several German tanks. The Lyonnais never forgot and gave exhibitions of American Pro Football with NFL teams, a feat Paris has yet to accomplish!
And the food at the Yankee holiday in Lyon was the best in the entire world, bar none!