'How?', I hear you cry; why through their mutual loathing of British cuisine.
President Chirac had this to say, amongst other things:
"One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad,"Isn't he sweet?
The number of times that I have heard Americans having a pop at British food is uncountable; most of them having never even eaten food in the UK. Those that had, had no complaints, especially those folks who got out of their Holiday Inn hotels and steered away from seedy London pubs. Also those who tried something a little different instead of attempting to stick to what they think they know. Those that I have talked to seem to think that we all still live in a time of rationing such that the food is plain and grey. And all this from a country that savours a type of 'cheese' that has never been within spitting distance of a cow.
Our home-grown traditional dishes can be fabulous, especially the game. A well seasoned and prepared roast beef is majestic. The British palette is also not unadventurous hence our embracing of Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisines, our love of Italian and the traditional Friday night-after-12-pints-of-lager kebab.
I'll let you in on a little secret as well, French food isn't all its cracked up to being. Don't get me wrong I love a nice bit of cheese and bread and I enjoy all sorts of sea-food delicacies from the south of France but it isn't the gastronomic experience people wet themselves over.
However, we in the UK are happy to become the focus of the combined mockery of the United States and France if it means that harmony is returned to the relationship between these two countries. Especially at this time of year when I should remind our American cousins that the cause for their recent holiday is unlikely to have happened without the aid of the French. ;-)
Also, Mr. Chirac, Finnish food ain't all bad either. Any country that eats reindeer is fine with me.