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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Francophobia is a consistent hostility toward the government, culture, history, or people of France or the Francophonie. Its antonym is francophilia. Contemporary prejudice against the French often derives from criticisms from the immediate post-World War II period and the way of life of the artistic and philosophic elite of the time. Although those prejudices are particularly widespread in the United States and United Kingdom today, Francophobia has existed in various forms and in different countries for centuries. In China, the term "Francophobia" (恐法症) was introduced in summer 2006 in the context of the eight-year standing soccer rivalry between Brazil and France by local media under its literal meaning of "Fear of the French" (phobos is the Greek word for "fear"). Some people may consider the term "Francophobia" a misnomer as "phobia" comes from the latin for "fear" while the term is used to refer to what would properly be called misogallism (from the greek "miso-" meaning hatred, and the greek "gallic", rather than the latin "franc" which would mean mixing latin and greek).

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