From Drudge, again:
"French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged. Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi ahead of Friday's opening of a summit of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand up for cultural and linguistic diversity.
"The outspoken French president warned that the world's different cultures could be 'choked' by US values. This, he said, would lead to a 'general world sub-culture' based around the English language, which would be 'a real ecological catastrophe.' Citing Hollywood's stranglehold over the film industry as an example, Chirac stressed that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage.
"Vietnam is a former French colony, but only around 375,000 of its 81 million people speak French. English is considered by most people a far more valuable and practical second language, particularly among businessmen."
Translation: We sure miss being a world power. But we're still culturally superior, even if we're a disaster in every other area.
Tell us more about values, you corrupt son of a bitch. For me, the fact that you and other French politicians aren't getting rich off the blood and misery of the Iraqi people any more is a good enough reason to have invaded Iraq. I'm really starting to think France is our most powerful enemy these days. And I think it's time we gave them a wake-up slap.