back to top

17 Random American Things French People Love

We still like you guys, even after that whole freedom fries thing.

Posted on

1. The Little House on the Prairie

fr.sephoramusic.com

The Little House on the Prairie has been on French TV since 1976. For years, it's been broadcasted during lunch time. Whenever the channel tries to replace it with another show, the fans go nuts and sign online petitions, and Little House is back on air a few months later.

4. Starbucks Coffee

The Associated Press

We may be coffee snobs, but the idea of walking around with a grande skinny caramel macchiato in our hands sounds so American, so "Hollywoodien," as we say, that many French people wish they had a Starbucks in their town.

Advertisement
Advertisement

10. Naming their kids after American TV show characters

Fox Television/Courtesy of Getty Images

When 90210 became a huge hit on French TV, people started naming their children after the show's heroes — in particular Dylan and Kelly. These typical American names were among the most popular in France for a few years. So if you ever meet a French Dylan, you can bet his parents loved Luke Perry.

12. American politics

Stefan Rousseau - Pool / Getty Images

American politics is extensively covered in the French media although we're still trying to figure out how your electoral system works. The Monica Lewinsky scandal and the overall reaction in the United States particularly amused us.

Advertisement

14. HBO and AMC shows

We're not only into mediocre American TV. Shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men also have a cult following in France.

Network American shows like Friends and Desperate Housewives also have a huge fan base. Seinfeld, however, never made it big.

16. Jonathan Littell

ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP / Getty Images

To be fair, Jonathan Littell gained French citizenship a few years ago. But he only had an American passport when he wrote his French novel The Kindly Ones, which became a best-seller in France and went on to win the Prix Goncourt — the highest literary price in the country.