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Woody Allen promotes France
Woody Allen and Soon Yi
Allen and his wife Soon Yi appeared at last year's Cannes film festival
Director Woody Allen has said he will eat French fries and French kiss his wife as part of a video he is fronting to promote France in the US.

The video, called Let's Fall in Love Again, comes in the wake of the recent US-led war with Iraq, which failed to gain backing from France.

Other stars appearing in the video include actor Robert De Niro, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and the writer George Plimpton.

"Recently there has been a lot of controversy between the two countries, and I would hope that now they could put all that behind them and start to build on what really has been a great, great friendship," he said in the video.

"And I will not have to refer to my French fried potatoes as freedom fries and I will not have to freedom kiss my wife when all I want to do is French kiss her. So let's pull together now."

Woody Allen
Allen is a long-standing fan of French culture
American retaliation for France's anti-war stance included the renaming of French fries in some restaurants and cafes - including some at Capitol Hill - to Freedom fries.

Some media called for boycotts of French products as well.

Right-wing French opponents rallied behind the phrase "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" to describe the French, a line coined in animated comedy The Simpsons.

Let's Fall in Love Again is being played to travel journalists at lunches in the US in an effort to boost the numbers of Americans visiting France.

The number of US visitors to France has dropped 15% since the war in Iraq.

Allen, who has worked with the French tourist office before, has a long affinity with the European country.

At last year's Cannes Film Festival he defended French culture and countered claims from US Jewish groups that the country was prone to anti-Semitic feeling.




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