Been there, done that! I spent a couple of years in the Med and around the Persian Gulf. I never got to see Paris but I did spend a lot of time in Toulon and other southern cities.<quoted text>
Ran into that slang in a conversation by two French girls when I first moved to Paris. They were a bit embarrassed that I caught the phrase. I really didn't mind, Yankee was a deprecating slang once too.
(For context I was a New Yorker, left the USA in 1965 at 22, and never came back, but eventually settled in Canada)
I have lived in enough places around the world to know both the great marvels and the great faults of many a country. It's easy to flip from one view to the opposite of one's own country. Fight the worst, and strive for the best, and have fun doing it! Eh?
I'm a suburbanite. I've never spent much time in the really big cities like New York or Paris. The people tend to be rude to outsiders and from what I've observed, those same people have a hard time traveling to foreign places because they kind of expect people to do things their way. All Americans have that label. I guess it's more about geography than anything. Actually, my mother is Canadian so I've visited Montreal, Toronto and St. Johns a lot when I was younger.
Nowadays, I'm not very interested in travel. There's plenty of jobs if you're willing to live in a compound in the Middle East, but I've put down roots and don't think I could sell my house too easy anyway.
It's not easy to be an American abroad nowadays. People tend to lecture you like you have a personal batphone to the president to call and have him fix things. We really get our leashes yanked in every direction, so that "murikan" image is a bit harsh. Still, our freedom is in our own hands. Too bad most of us have allowed ourselves to become cliquish @holes as teenagers, never to look back and free ourselves from such trivial conflicts. The real conflicts are the last things on our minds.