The Petite Anglaise brought up an interesting subject on her blog today - something I've often thought about, but wouldn't have dared raise on my own little corner of the internet. *does a little golf clap for PA*
The subject of "american francophobia" is an interesting one - just as is the opposing one, "anti-americanism".
It does make me a little confused when I hear an American say, "well, I've visited and/or lived in France, and can assure you that I've never experienced any sort of Anti-Americanism". What do they expect? They're going to be spat on in the street? The French are, contrary to popular belief, fairly polite sorts of people, and they're probably not going to be rude to you outright.
As an Australian living here, I tend to be exposed to a lot of discussions about Americans. For some reason, people think that I, being an "anglophone", will have an opinion on it all - and there are positive and negative views, like with everyone, whatever the nationality.
There is a lot of discussion about "America" on the television, radio, in general, everyday conversation, and this was even more frequent during the election period and the aftermath. But I don't think that the French are ever particularly rude or cruel - they're all more concerned about the politics and how it will effect the world and their own country more than anything else.
The interesting thing that I've noticed when it comes to "francophobia" vs. "anti-americanism" is that francophobia tends to be directed towards France, French people, French food, French culture, and French politics (everything is rolled into one great big generalisation), whereas "anti-americanism" tends to be directed mainly towards political decisions and American food - the Americans themselves are left out of it.
In all honesty, I hear a hell of a lot of jokes about the British, the Belgians, and the Canadians too... There is no one nationality that gets more jibes than others. (Australia is left out of it though - hoorah for coming from a small, economically and politically undangerous country!)
Just like the fact that Australians are constantly making jokes and commentary about New Zealanders, and vice versa - I think it's only natural that a nation will direct its humour at nearly every country with which they have an economic or political relationship.