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The Great Franco-American Swimsuit Swap

Franco-American Swimsuit ChasmDuring a recent jaunt abroad my eyes were opened. While many say you cannot know someone else until you walk a mile in their shoes I believe even more that you cannot know someone until you swim a lap in their trunks. America and France, (along with their European neighbors), stand at opposite ends of the swimsuit divide. While most American men wear longer looser fitting swim trunks our French brothers chose a more form fitting version.

I believe through diplomacy and an international swimsuit swap American and France can become best friends in a world where each nation needs as many friends as possible. If we could only swap our board shorts for Speedos one day a year we could understand their feelings, viewpoints and intimately, understand what makes them uniquely French.

I ask you to join me on August 31 to throw free your insecurities and squeeze into a swimsuit you never considered. Perhaps through it all, you will be able to squeeze in another friend.


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  1. August 13, 2009 at 9:24 am

    As someone of French ancestry, my mother’s name being Blanchard-but of the Cajun French sort- and American, I have compromised and wear the Franco-American Jammer. (Think of spandex biking pants merged with speedo). All of the streamlineness for competitive swimming without feeling like you are wearing men’s underwear or the encumbrance of baggy shorts. I propose this meet in the middle for Franco-American relations. Oh yes, also that the French grow a spine in certain areas, that might help, too. (disclaimer: a joke of course in case I ever run for future office and someone tries to dig up this quote).

  2. Benjamin
    August 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Thank you for that deep introspective look on diplomacy through swim trunks.

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