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French stuff

Posted by JI on March 28, 2003 at 09:26:19


This is an interesting list of items and companies, many of which you would never think of as French owned. Whether you agree or disagree with war or not, it's an informative read. France has every right to disagree with America. But France has moved from simple dissent to active hostility toward America.

1. French President Chirac warned East European nations that if they side with America, France will oppose their membership in the European Union.

2. This week, William Safire reported in the New York Times that France has been secretly helping to arm Iraq -- and has been helping Iraq build long range missiles. These same missiles may soon be used against American soldiers.

Just as France is exercising its right to disagree, Americans can exercise their right to boycott -- and avoid helping companies and countries that do no stand with America.

French Products and Companies (to boycott -- or not per your preference)

Air France. Air Liquide. Airbus. Alcatel. Allegra (allergy medication). Aqualung (including: Spirotechnique, Technisub, US Divers, and SeaQuest). AXA Advisors.

** Bank of the West (owned by BNP Paribas). Beneteau (boats). BF Goodrich (owned by Michelin). BIC (razors, pens and lighters). Biotherm (cosmetics). Black Bush. Bollinger (champagne).

** Car &Driver Magazine. Cartier. Chanel. Chivas Regal (scotch). Christian Dior. Club Med (vacations). Culligan (owned by Vivendi).

** Dannon (yogurt and dairy foods). DKNY. Dom Perignon. Durand Crystal.

** Elle Magazine. Essilor Optical Products. Evian.

** Fina gas stations and Fina Oil (billions invested in Iraqi oil fields). First Hawaiian Bank.

** George Magazine. Givenchy. Glenlivet (scotch).

** Hennessy. Houghton Mifflin (books).

** Jacobs Creek (owned by Pernod Ricard since 1989). Jameson (whiskey). Jerry Springer (talk show) [huh??]

** Krups (coffee and cappuccino makers).

** Lancome. Le Creuset (cookware). L'Oreal (health and beauty products). Louis Vuitton.

** Marie Claire. Martel Cognac. Maybelline. Méphisto (shoes and clothes). Michelin (tires and auto parts). Mikasa (crystal and glass). Moet (champagne). Motel 6. Motown Records. Mumms (champagne).

** Nissan (cars; majority owned by Renault). Nivea. Normany Butter.

** Parents Magazine. Peugeot (automobiles). Pierre Cardin. Playstation Magazine. ProScan (owned by Thomson Electronics, France). Publicis Group (including Saatchi &Saatchi Advertising).

** RCA (televisions and electronics; owned by Thomson Electronics). Red Magazine. Red Roof Inns (owned by Accor group in France). Renault (automobiles). Road &Track Magazine. Roquefort cheese (all Roquefort cheese is made in France). Rowenta (toasters, irons, coffee makers, etc.). Royal Canadian.

** Salomon (skis). Sierra Software and Computer Games. Smart &Final. [!!] Sofitel (hotels, owned by Accor). Sparkletts (water, owned by Danone). Spencer Gifts. Sundance Channel.

** Taylor Made (golf). Technicolor. T-Fal (kitchenware). Total gas stations.

** UbiSoft (computer games). Uniroyal. Universal Studios (music, movies and amusement parks; owned by Vivendi -Universal). USFilter.

** Veritas Group. Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Vittel. Vivendi.

** Wild Turkey (bourbon). Woman's Day Magazine.

** Yoplait (The French company Sodiaal owns a 50 percent stake). Yves Saint Laurent.