Before the eleventh century, the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon peoples of England had more trouble with each other and the Romans, Danes, and Vikings than with the French.
In A.D. 1066, William the Conqueror took over England for France. He installed Frenchmen as the new ruling class, to the point where the English we speak now probably owes as much to Old French as to Old English.
Since that time, the English have had a kind of hate-hate relationship with the French.
I look for the European Union to fix all of that in a thousand years or so.
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