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    I met a Kentucky car mechanic who offered insightful analysis of domestic French politics. A rightwing columnist in Maine who wished he were French, he said, if only to meet more women. In an old Texas gas station I found a restaurant with a menu of Franco-Western dinners: pan-seared trout with lobster cream sauce, and “cowboy coffee crème brulee”. Not for nothing did Woody Allen’s recent film Midnight in Paris become his top-grossing ever. Cheese eating surrender monkeys? Writer Rosecrans Baldwin toured small towns in the USA to ask ‘normal’ people what they thought about the French. Some of the answers may surprise you …
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