A Reuters article this week summed up why Japanese tourists often need therapy when in Paris: “Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a [French] newspaper reported on Sunday.”

Specifically, according to a Bernard Delage, whose association helps Japanese families settle in France, “In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistants hardly look at them … People using public transport all look stern, and handbag snatchers increase the ill feeling.”

A Japanese woman named Aimi told the paper, “For us, Paris is a dream city. All the French are beautiful and elegant … And then, when they arrive, the Japanese find the French character is the complete opposite of their own.”

So can someone please tell me why I got 400 pieces of hate mail — including letters written entirely in angry French — when I wrote the following article for FoxNews.com (which removed the piece from the cover page within two hours as complaints streamed in): “Let’s not Pardon the French” (A more complete and clever version titled “Pardon, They’re French” appeared soon after on JWR.)

Let’s have more French like Robert Redeker.