Americans always envy each other, when one mentions that they are headed to France for a few weeks. That is especially true of New Yorkers who can’t seem to ever get enough of Paris, a city where they feel at home. There are many reasons that explain this fascination for this specific country on the Old Continent. Here are some of them.
The Ideals of Liberty and Equality
In the American anthem, they call their country “the land of the free.” That is because freedom is one of the most important values to Americans. They believe in free speech and the right to become whoever you want to be, as you grow up. It is part of what we know as the American Dream. In France, they find some kind of brothers in the population, as the motto of the republic is “liberté, égalité, fraternité” (liberty, equality, brotherhood). These things matter to Americans, which is why some of them are more attracted to France than to other European countries. Also, it is easy to catch flights to Paris, as they leave daily from various America cities, adding to the number of tourists coming to the land of the Tricolore.
Fashion and Luxury
Fashion is a popular attraction that brings tourists to France. That is because the country has a long history of producing high-quality and fashionable clothing, better known as “haute couture.” Indeed, France has been at the forefront of many fashion trends and is home to some of the world’s most famous fashion brands, such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton. Some of these names belong to a group called LVMH, which is the largest luxury goods conglomerate in the world. Other famous brands that it includes are Moët & Chandon (champaign), Fendi (clothes) and Bulgari (jewellery). New York being part of the biggest fashion market in the world, it is quite common that business people from the city hop on a JFK flight to Paris to catch the Fashion Week, or to encounter partners that collaborate with them.
French cuisine is often seen as upscale, elegant, and sophisticated by Americans. It is also associated with fine dining and culinary expertise in their mind. They view it as using fresh, high-quality ingredients, and appreciate how French chefs are able to create complex flavors, and how innovative cooking techniques come out from this country. We cannot forget that French cuisine has had a significant influence on American gastronomy, which we too often do. From classic French dishes like quiche to bouillabaisse, you will often find American meals that come directly from the French heritage of some the founders of America. New Orleans is a great example of how America has taken this cuisine and mixed it with others to create something entirely new.
We could go on like this for a while, as Americans are drawn to France for a variety of other reasons, which include its culture, its history, art and architecture. Furthermore, France has been a popular destination for American tourists for many years, which helped develop a deep appreciation for the country by many of those who came before, as they told their friends and family about their wonderful experience there.