Germany is from MArs, France is from Venus

Hilarious and telling article in the Times about the differences between France and Germany in the American mind:

The French themselves depict La Belle France as a bare-breasted “Marianne” on the barricades. They export high fashion, cosmetics, fine food delicacies traditionally linked to a woman’s pleasure, if not her boudoir. And French has always been Hollywood’s language of love.
Germany, meanwhile, is the Fatherland, its spike helmets retooled into the sleek insignia of cars like the Mercedes and BMW. It also exports heavy machinery and strong beer products linked to manliness. And notwithstanding Goethe, Schiller and Franka Potente, German is Hollywood’s language of war, barked to the beat of combat boots in half a century of movies.

Go read it.