France

Will Rogers had a lot to say about France and its politics, especially when it came to its history, its debt and its relationships with England and Germany. He also visited France on a few occasions. Will’s first "talkie" movie was “They Had to See Paris” in 1929. Will performed in this movie with famous French actress, Fifi D’Orsay. Will also made a silent picture, “Prowling Around France With Will Rogers” in 1927.


“It has always seemed to me rather a coincidence that everybody attempting this swim has tried to go from France to England. Now there are a lot of different ways of interpreting that. Is the distance shorter from France to England than from England to France? England has always been afraid that it was. Would it be official if you made the swim away from England? It’s kinder a slam against France, people wanting to leave there so bad that they are willing to swim away. Or does the Almighty figure that the reason he don’t allow any of them to make it is because no sane person should be leaving France.” – Weekly Articles, 1925


“All we read in the papers today out here is riots in Paris and taxicab riots in New York. We know what they are fighting over in New York. They are fighting over a nickel, but nobody (even in France) knows exactly what they are fighting over. France has got more different political parties than any nation on earth. There is over thirty different parties represented in the House of Deputies. Now in a fight on the street there is not that many different kind of badges to wear. Well it’s good to see France sore at somebody besides us.” – Daily Telegrams, February 8, 1934


“America and France signed a treaty that they wouldn’t fight each other. Now, if we could just sign one with some nation that there is a chance of having war with, why it would mean something.” – Daily Telegrams, February 7, 1928


“On the Riviera in France they found a bunch of people wearing no clothes and not particularly caring who they were married to and they called it a cult. Over here we call it society, and lack of dress is standard equipment.” – Daily Telegrams, October 26, 1927


“France had a historical day yesterday. One Premier stayed in till pretty near 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It was raining and they couldn’t get there to vote him out earlier.” – Daily Telegrams, February 26, 1930