France–United States relations - Wikipedia
The role of Relations with France in the history of the United States of America. Though the countries sometimes compete in cut-throat economic and trade relations, France and the US have never been at war with each. France–Americas relations started in the 16th century, soon after the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, and have developed over a period of.
France successfully contributed in expelling the British from the nascent United States. The Treaty of Paris was signed on 3 Septemberrecognizing American independence and the end of hostilities.
When the French Revolution led to war in between Britain America's leading trading partnerand France the old ally, with a treaty still in effectWashington and his cabinet decided on a policy of neutrality. The Jeffersonians vehemently opposed the treaty, but Washington's support proved decisive, and the U.
However the foreign policy dispute polarized parties at home, leading to the First Party System. By the French were openly seizing American ships, leading to an undeclared war known as the Quasi-War of — President John Adams tried diplomacy; it failed. Inthe French demanded American diplomats pay huge bribes in order to see the French Foreign Minister Talleyrandwhich the Americans rejected. The Jeffersonian Republicans, suspicious of Adams, demanded the documentation, which Adams released using X, Y and Z as codes for the names of the French diplomats.
The XYZ Affair ignited a wave of nationalist sentiment. Congress approved Adams' plan to organize the navy. Adams reluctantly signed the Alien and Sedition Acts as a wartime measure. Adams broke with the Hamiltonian wing of his Federalist Party and made peace with France in Sales of Louisiana to the United States [ edit ] Main article: Louisiana New France Map of current US states that were completely or mostly located inside the borders of old colonial French Louisiana at the time of Louisiana Purchase Napoleon Bonaparte decided not to keep the immense territory of Louisiana that France still possessed.
Numerous writers such as William FaulknerF. Scott FitzgeraldErnest Hemingwayand others were deeply influenced by their experiences of French life.
However, anti-Americanism came of age in the s, as many French traditionalists were alarmed at the power of Hollywood and warned that America represented modernity, which in turn threatened traditional French valuescustoms, and popular literature.
It attracted larger crowds than the Louvreand soon it was said that the iconic American cartoon character Mickey Mouse had become more familiar than Asterix among French youth. Walter Thompson Company of New York was the leading American advertising agency of the interwar years.
It established branch offices in Europe, including one in Paris in Most of these branches were soon the leading local agencies, as in Britain and Germany, JWT-Paris did poorly from the late s through the early s.
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The causes included cultural clashes between the French and Americans and subtle anti-Americanism among potential clients. Furthermore, The French market was heavily regulated and protected to repel all foreign interests, and the American admen in Paris were not good at hiding their condescension and insensitivity.
The pact, which was endorsed by most major nations, renounced the use of war, promoted peaceful settlement of disputes, and called for collective force to prevent aggression. Its provisions were incorporated into the United Nations Charter and other treaties and it became a stepping stone to a more activist American policy.
Roosevelt from to The successful performance of German warplanes during the Spanish Civil War —39 suddenly forced France to realize its military inferiority. Germany had better warplanes, more of them, and much more efficient production systems. In late he told Roosevelt about The French weaknesses, and asked for military help. Roosevelt was forthcoming, and forced the War Department to secretly sell the most modern American airplanes to France. France and Britain declared war on Germany when it invaded Poland in Septemberbut there was little action until the following spring.
Many French soldiers were evacuated through Dunkirk, but France was forced to surrender. Vichy France —44 [ edit ] Langer argues that Washington was shocked by the sudden collapse of France in springand feared that Germany might gain control of the large French fleet, and exploit France's overseas colonies. This led the Roosevelt administration to maintain diplomatic relations.
Vichy regime was officially neutral but it was helping Germany. The United States severed diplomatic relations in late when Germany took direct control of areas that Vichy had ruled, and Vichy France became a Nazi puppet state. After Normandy the Americans and the Allies knew it was only a matter of time before the Nazis lost. Eisenhower did give De Gaulle his word that Paris would be liberated by the French as the Americans had no interest in Paris, a city they considered lacking tactical value.
There was one important aspect of Paris that did seem to matter to everyone: Hitler had given the order to bomb and burn Paris to the ground; he wanted to make it a second Stalingrad. The Americans and the Allies could not let this happen. Gen Phillipe Leclerc at its helm was granted this supreme task of liberating Paris.
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Patton was at the command of the U. Third Army that swept across northern France.
It campaigned in Lorraine for some time, but it was one of the least successful of Patton's career. While in Lorraine, he annexed the Maj. Phillipe Leclerc's battalion into his army.
Therefore, he thought the Americans did not know what they were doing on the field. After being more trouble than help Patton let Leclerc go for Paris.
The French then went on to liberate Paris from the east while the 4th U. Infantry they were originally part of Patton's Army came from the west.
Because of Eisenhower's deal with De Gaulle, the Liberation was left to the French's 2nd armored division. Eisenhower even came to Paris to give De Gaulle his blessing. After de Gaulle left office in Januarythe logjam was broken in terms of financial aid. Lend Lease had barely restarted when it was unexpectedly ended in August Army shipped in food, Treasury loans and cash grants were given inand especially the Marshall Plan gave large sums There was post-Marshall aid designed to help France rearm and provide massive support for its war in Indochina.
Apart from low-interest loans, the other funds were grants that did not involve repayment. The debts left over from World War I, whose payment had been suspended sincewas renegotiated in the Blum-Byrnes agreement of In return French negotiator Jean Monnet set out the French five-year plan for recovery and development.
The Marshall Plan set up intensive tours of American industry. Despite some specific points of conflict, both sides of the partnership have worked to maintain continuity and stability. After one year of navigating the Trump presidency, four trends have emerged in the French—American relationship, and more broadly in the transatlantic relationship.
Firstly, defense and counterterrorism cooperation is central.
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As Donald Trump started his presidency, the French priority was clear: The excellent cooperation with the United States in the defense and intelligence domains must continue despite the political changes in Washington. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, had to be preserved as it served French interests in its struggle against terrorist organizations at home and abroad.
In the context of Brexit and deteriorating relationships between Washington and Berlin, France may have a new role to play as it stands out in Europe as a center of political stability and energy. Emmanuel Macron has opportunistically aimed to use this context to his advantage and has developed a close personal relationship with the U.
Macron views himself as Trump's interpreter in Europe,  finding places of common interest and cooperation, while clarifying red lines. Each bilateral relationship has its own historical and political dynamic.
In the case of the France—U. As a result, French leaders have learned to be relatively comfortable working with U. The election of Trump — although certainly fostering anti-American sentiment within the French population — was therefore less traumatic to France as it was to other U. In the age of Donald Trump, transatlantic relations have become increasingly transactional, and this evolution may in fact suit the French pragmatic approach to the transatlantic partnership.
From the French perspective, Europe should not attempt to oppose Washington or undermine NATO, but it needs to develop both the strategic culture and the operational tools to think and act on its own if necessary. The European Intervention Initiative EIIwhich was announced by Macron in his Sorbonne speech in Septemberprecisely aims at filling the current operational void in Europe, based on the lessons learned from Mali and Central Africa The EII will gather a core group of the most militarily able and politically willing countries France, the U.
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A more operationally autonomous Europe aims at strengthening the transatlantic link at a time when Washington is asking for more burden-sharing, especially in Africa.
By reaffirming the French aspiration to engage with all actors of the world arena, Macron has aimed to fill the vacuum left by an undermined U. State Department and a weakened U. French diplomatic activism is particularly remarkable in the Middle East and North Africa region, where the United States has adopted a more confrontational foreign policy. However, speeches by Trump and Macron at the UN General Assembly revealed two very different views of the international order: Despite the imperative of cooperating on counterterrorism, how the two leaders exercise power and policies keeps them apart.
Thus, maintaining a stable relationship may be more challenging in the coming years, as international crises may bring back to the fore their different approaches to world affairs. Whether he succeeds or not, however, may depend more on Trump's own decisions than on a calculated and creative approach to the White House by Paris.
Opportunism and Continuity Priority issues of the bilateral relationship have been largely preserved from disruption over the past year. On counterterrorism, intelligence sharing, and defense cooperation in the Sahel and the Levant, the level of cooperation and coordination has not decreased under the new American president. Although some events during the year revealed difficulties — such as the U.
On the most pressing issues, continuity and stability have thus been perceived as mutually beneficial: The United States relies on French leadership, network, and know-how in Europe and its southern neighborhood, while France needs U.