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Eileen JoyceKirby Sechovec, owner of Kirby's Creekside in Nevada City, talks about the French wine he pulled from his menu to protest the lack of French support for U.S. war efforts.
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Mon dieu, how some Americans are bashing the French these days!

Americans galled by France’s reluctance to endorse an invasion of Iraq are boycotting French wine and french fries and trading jokes and insults about all things Gallic.

At Kirby’s Creekside Restaurant and Bar in Nevada City, owner Kirby Sechovec, decided this week to stop selling French wines in protest against France’s stand on Iraq.



“I just became fed up with the French,” he said Thursday.”…there are too many good American wines to support a country that is so politically and so socially against us.”

“I’m not going to sell Dom,” he said.




Sechovec has no idea what he will do with the bottles of wines, four cases in all, estimated at $800 in value.

Sechovec is not alone.

In Las Vegas, a radio station Tuesday used an armored vehicle to crush photographs of French President Jacques Chirac, photocopies of the French flag, a Paris travel guide, bottles of wine and a loaf of French bread.

In Beaufort, N.C., one restaurant owner took french fries off his menu and replaced them with ”freedom fries.”

In West Palm Beach, Fla., bar owner Ken Wagner dumped his entire stock of French wine and champagne into the street, vowing to serve vintages only from nations that support U.S. policy.

And Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson said he would try to block a subsidiary of the French conglomerate Vivendi from getting a $25 million government contract to build a sludge treatment plant.

”France’s attitude toward the United States is deplorable. I don’t want to have any French companies earning dollars from American interests,” the 75-year-old Aaronson said. ”We’ve left thousands of our men and women over in France, underground. It’s quite possible that if we didn’t send our troops there, the French people would all be speaking German.”

France is far from alone in pushing for a delay in military action. Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Greece, Ireland and Luxembourg have all said they would prefer to give U.N. weapons inspections more time.

But it is the French who have borne the brunt of U.S. scorn and become the butt of jokes about their beret-wearing, wine-drinking, cheese-eating, Jerry Lewis-loving, literature-deconstructing, surrendering-to-the-Germans ways.

”France wants more evidence,” David Letterman wisecracked. ”The last time France wanted more evidence, it rolled right through France with a German flag.”

Comedian Dennis Miller quipped: ”The only way the French are going in is if we tell them we found truffles in Iraq.”


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