Things have been a little bit rough between France and the U.S.A. for a while now, but I think it's important that we recognize that France has indeed made some real contributions to the world. Some examples:
Dark roasted coffee and fine chocolates
Charlolais and Limousin beef cattle
Say and Bastiat in political economy
Hundreds of different cheeses
Multi-shipped "Gothic" churches (e.g. Notre Dame with seven "ships," or areas between support columns, or Chartres)
And no, not French Fries. They're actually Belgian. That said, however, when I look at some very real cultural accomplishments from Gaul, I must call my self a cheese eating surrender blogger today.
And one final contribution? The trebuchet, and in honor of that, I'm using that font today. What it has to do with the medieval siege engine is beyond me, but I got caught up in the spirit.
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