Emily in Paris has changed the way Americans look at the French
After a third season that garnered nearly 200 million hours of viewing during its first week on Netflix, the success of the series Emily in Paris has given rise to a number of remarks and mockery, mainly in France, where it has been accused of convey a clichéd and caricatured image of Paris.
These remarks, often justified, have led some to ask the following question: CanEmily in Paris influence Americans in their vision of the French capital and more globally of France and the French?
The travel blog Bonjour New York and IFOP have just presented the results of a study conducted on a panel of more than 1,000 Americans on this very question. And the least we can say is that pop culture clearly influences our vision of the world. The rating of the French has never been as high as it has been in recent years, especially among those who have seen the series.
73% of Americans surveyed say they have a good opinion of France and the French. This is twice as much as in 2007 (39%)
Problem: the vast majority of fans of Emily Cooper’s adventures think that the series gives a rather realistic image of Paris.
Paris even surpasses New York!
This good opinion of France and Paris in particular is confirmed when they are asked to choose between New York and Paris as a city where they would like to stay or even live:
- 75% would like to come to Paris for a short stay compared to 70% for New York
- 44% would like to live a full year in Paris versus 41% for New York
- But the two cities are tied at 29% for living there permanently.
Another interesting statistic is that twice as many Americans surveyed who had seen Emily in Paris (54% versus 25%) said they would like to move to France if they could afford it!
A biased vision
Unfortunately, this vision of a colorful, clean France, without pollution or public transport (remember that Emily Cooper never takes the metro) is also very clearly highlighted in this study.
- 67% of Americans surveyed agree that Paris is a clean city
- 35% think that there are no or almost no rats on the streets or in buildings
- 30% even think that there are no homeless people on the streets
It is with this biased vision of reality that the overwhelming majority of them answer that for them, Emily in Paris gives an image of Paris close to reality.
83% of Americans surveyed believe that the image of Paris portrayed in Emily in Paris is close to reality.
A figure which will certainly make react the Parisians confronted each with a more “realistic” vision of Paris.
Reading this new study, we could be reassured that international tourism will soar in the coming years in Paris and more generally in France. Even though our country remains the top tourist destination in the world with 89 million international tourist arrivals in 2017, well before the Covid-19 crisis. Could the Emily in Paris series be a positive catalyst for a surge in American tourists? In 2019, these already accounted for 10,100,000 overnight stays in France.
Avoiding the Paris syndrome
But we should not forget a disease that affects only a few dozen tourists each year, but whose name already sounds like a warning: the Paris syndrome.
This syndrome is caused by the disappointment to which a tourist (most often Asian) is confronted when he does not find the images of Epinal conveyed by the films or the series during his trip to Paris. “It results in panic attacks, very strong anxieties up to the impression of dying“, according to some psychotherapists.
In order to avoid our international tourists suffering disappointment and gradually abandoning our country, we must take them to the most beautiful places, without hiding the truth of everyday lifeand why not introduce them to other places they have discovered thanks to the movies, series, music, comics, literature or video games.. but this is a mission for Fantrippers 🙂
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From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.