In 1778 France recognized the United States of America as a sovereign nation, signed a military alliance, went to war with Britain, built coalitions with the Netherlands and Spain that kept Britain without a significant ally of its own, provided the Americans with grants, arms and loans, sent a combat army to serve under George Washington, and sent a navy that prevented the second British army from escaping from Yorktown in 1781. In all, the French spent about 1.3 billion livres (in modern currency, approximately thirteen billion U.S. dollars) to support the Americans directly, not including the money it spent fighting Britain on land and sea outside the U.S. French aid proved vital in the victory of the Americans seeking independence from Britain.
You might want to thank them for their cluelessness.
I recently figured out that I'm one quarter French. Now I have a handy explanation when someone calls me an a-whole.
 June 6, 2015 at 10:00pm
So whats the problem?
Move back to the desert!