Given their national history over the last 60 years or so, it is real easy to dismiss the French as little more than a bunch of cheese-eating surrender monkeys. Once could even posit that it is an accurate and well-earned moniker. In the modern world, they are certainly not a nation I would consider our friend.
Their relentless assault on American Cyclist Lance Armstrong is a case in point. It is no secret that the French media and cycling authorities have despised the fact that an American has so dominated the Tour de France. It is easy to suspect that they would have preferred to have Osama Bin Laden win.
And we we've seen the latest cowardly attack, using samples from 1999 to accuse Lance of cheating in the past, and giving him absolutely no opportunity to defend himself.
Typically French. I wonder what happended to the once great empire?
Now, at least, the aveage Frenchman seems to have found his or her spinal column, and letterwriters have taken to defend Lance Armstrong, and at least one letter writer pointed out that had a Frenchman been winning, there would have been no testing and no controversy.
I'm glad to see that there are a few (too few) Frenchmen who have the integrity to condemn this blatantly-French witchhunt.
The rest of that nation can return to their cheese nibbling.