Google is everyone’s pocket genius. It offers answers to our dumb queries, spelling errors, and medical concerns. It also learns what everyone else wants to learn, then suggests that you learn it too via auto-fill.
Looking at American Google, our auto-fill responses do not bode well for anyone arguing that Americans have a general understanding of France. “Is France a country?” is the top auto-fill for “is France.” The second top auto-fill for “can France” is “can France be saved?”. (Are things really so dire that France must be saved?)
So if Americans think France is maybe a country who might need saving, what does the United States look like to the French? French Google has the answers.
French people want to know where classic American things come from, like the American dream, football, our accent, and rapThey want to know where we go on vacation, where we travel, and where we live in France They want to know if Americans can go to Cuba, and can we drive in France
Questions about perceptions of France
They care more how we see Macron than how we see them (and they want to know how to get our pearly-white teeth)They want to know what Americans think of Macron and France, and what we’re jealous of France about (ha!).
They want to know what our government is, and if we’ve always been a world superpower, and if we’re secular (kind of)They want to know how the US became a superpower, and how we fought off the commies
They wonder if the moon landing is a conspiracy, and if we’re fat, and if we’re British (absolutely not)
They’re worried that American things are dangerous (“staff” as in an American Staffordshire terrier) and wonder if Americans can drive in FranceThey want to know if the US is going collapse, and also attack literally everyone
Questions revealing their true feelings
Despite all of the questions about when we’re going to attack other countries, they still want to know how to live in, immigrate to, and work in the US :’)