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USA Today reports that almost 20 percent of the American consuming public that used to purchase French products now refuses to buy such items because of the French government’s opposition to the US war on Iraq.

France reportedly will lose some $500 million in tourist dollars this year because of the boycott, and the consumer backlash has affected everything from wine and cheese to French restaurants to shares in French companies.
KC's View:
Once again, we respect people’s right to make buying decisions based on political motivations. Just as we respect other countries’ rights not to always follow American initiatives. Freedom of speech and choice is supposed to be that which we were over in Iraq promoting.

But we still maintain that not all French people and businesses necessarily agreed with the positions being taken by their government…so maybe we’re taking this all out on the wrong people.