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I was looking on Amazon for French products. After typing in France and clicking the search button this sticker was on the first page. My gut started burning with anger. I can’t believe that Amazon would sell such a sticker. Why not just have a sticker that says, “Give France back to the Nazi Reich.” Have we forgot what the Nazi Reich did? Is it of no matter that today such a sticker is sold on one of the biggest websites in the world? It made me sick to see such hatred and such a disgusting statement on Amazon. Just sick!

I am sick and tired of this whole France hating bullshit. It really is going too far. Enough is enough.

I have an idea! Why not sell a sticker that says, “Give America back to England”?

Like it or not France played a big part in the birth of America. Is this how we thank the French for helping America to become America? Is it!?!

I am going to send an email to Amazon right now demanding that this hateful sticker not be sold on their website. I am furious that it is even there in the first place. I am disgusted by the fact that hate is being sold with no conscience.

Some things make your blood just boil. Well, mine is right now.

Think about it!

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France is it’s own country not for anyone to give back! France never belonged to any other country. The French were always French! They fought hard and thousands died during each war with Germany. Even after the Nazi Reich took France in WWII, the French resistance kept fighting.

No one, but the French people can give France to anyone! Let’s just see someone try to take France and give her to Germany.  Besides, I think Germany has grown and learned from the mistakes of the past.  I don’t think Germany would support such a sticker.

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  • Hervé May 11, 2006, 12:28 pm

    I read your comment on SF blog and these things really get on my nerves, really! What’s the purpose of such a sticker (that suggests more than it actually says and that’s what’s left unsaid that hurts the most…) apart from spreading more anti-french propaganda??? What strikes me the most is that such stickers are sold with complete impunity, without scruples! One of my uncle was locked up in a labour camp in nazi Germany and this shows little respect to him and all those who suffered and died there. But I’m not sure they will sell many of them, fort heureusement. Who could be that dumb to buy one? The german should protest too, it’s unfair to describe them as invaders or as a territorial-greedy nation.

  • Pumpkin May 11, 2006, 12:34 pm

    Hervé, I am still in shock that Amazon, of all companies, is selling this sticker. I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t.

  • Jessica May 11, 2006, 12:42 pm

    I ran across this yesterday. It might amuse you :-)

    http://www.exile.ru/2003-October-02/war_nerd.html

  • Meredith May 11, 2006, 4:46 pm

    A few months ago, thanks to your blog, I discovered the SuperFrenchie blog, which does a great job addressing the french hating issue. My husband and I enjoy reading there. Merci

  • lapagefrancaise May 11, 2006, 5:06 pm

    What an awful sticker. You are so right, why don’t they just sell one that says “Give the US back to England”? It’s also true what Hervé said above that it’s insulting to Germans also.

    I’m going to write to Amazon too

  • carra May 11, 2006, 6:56 pm

    I think that sticker is disgusting and intolerable. My gret-grandparents have suffered from German occupation (my great-grandmother was a jew) and I can not tolerate anything like this. It is sick humour if it supposed to be funny. Germans should be as disgusted as French and all the other sensible people. I will too write to Amazon because it is not right. It should not happen in the 21st century.

  • Bernadette May 11, 2006, 8:07 pm

    What a terrible statement and how deplorable of Amazon to promote something like that. I too am extremely tired of how France has been portrayed recently in America. Because the French had the sense not to support Cheney and his puppet Bush with the unnecessary war in Iraq, political cartoons and personal jokes emerged about the French. Even my father, with a rich French ancestry, will tell these jokes at family dinners because he is Republican. When I remind him he is French, he just laughs it off. Just as with racism…why do people participate in such hateful things? The widespread ignorance is pathetic.

  • Pumpkin May 12, 2006, 8:26 am

    Jessica, Thank you..it did. I will let you guys know if Amazon responds to me. I didn’t have time to email them yesterday but will today.

  • Pumpkin May 12, 2006, 3:13 pm

    I just used the feedback form at the bottom of the page selling the sticker and marked it as offensive with a short description of why with my name and email address. However, this will not get a response back to me so I then went through the customer service link and made a complaint using other with a short description. You must be signed into Amazon to do all of these things.
    If I don’t get a response within a week I will make another complaint if the sticker is still there. I have asked them to email me when it is removed or tell me why they are not removing it.

  • carra May 12, 2006, 4:03 pm

    I think what you did as beautiful act. I respect you for this, because I think that this sticker is insulting the freedoms of humanity! I’ll do ecxactly the same thing! You should be very proud of yourself Pumpkin.

  • sp May 13, 2006, 8:16 am

    Not to be a party pooper… but the sticker isn’t illegal. Stickers amount to forms of speech. Freedom of speech. Some people might feel that way (as is written on the sticker) and have the right to express those feelings. It isn’t like Amazon is facilitating child pornography. Some people think fashion magazines are bad for young women’s self-image. Should we ask Amazon to stop selling those magazines?

    I can’t speak for France, but here in America the line tends to be drawn where speech is inciting violence or appeals to prurient interests.

    Let me also say that I am not making this comment, because I agree with the sticker. I am just alarmed at the erosion of some basic rights like free speech. How much do you want to restrict these freedoms?

    How lucky we are to live in countries where free speech is allowed?

  • Pumpkin May 13, 2006, 9:23 am

    I did send an email to Amazon about the sticker and the response was pretty much what you said.
    I guess I was surprised because I am not sure that this sticker would be legal in Europe due to the ugly events caused by the Nazi reigh. Pretty much that is what they told me. They sell it in the countries that it is legal to be sold in.
    So, then I started questioning the fact that I don’t see amazon selling racist stickers about blacks or hispanics. What is the difference? However, if freedom of speech should be really free then why is it limited as far as the Nazi Reich goes in Europe?
    I understand why it is limited but I also understand that limiting it for any reason can lead to these gray areas like the sticker above.
    I didn’t agree with the printing of the cartons because I felt like it was out of hate for the same reason I don’t like this sticker. Much of the media in the States refused to print or air the cartoons when it is allowed in America and in France the cartoons were printed when technically it was illegal according to a French friend.
    I guess what makes me upset is freedom of speech is not really free in any country and nothing is clear when I think it should be. I think the whole issue of freedom of speech needs to be examined and carried out just as the law dictates and no one can just apply it how they want when they want.

    In this sense at least Amazon is applying the laws correctly across all countries.

  • margalit May 15, 2006, 7:02 am

    Just to inflame you further, Amazon also sells Mein Kampf and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. They sell virtually ANYTHING to make money. My advice. Tell them you’ll never do business with them again, and start using Barnes and Noble. You can’t stop them from being assholes but you can stop using them.

  • Pumpkin May 15, 2006, 9:56 am

    Margalit,

    You are right. My husband just told me it is illegal to sell this book in Europe. So, Amazon probably doesnt sell it here but it is legal in America. So, they sell it there.

    I always bought my books from Barnes and Noble when I lived in America…why should it be different now. I will be checking their website today to see if I can get their books here in France.

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