Btw, the same happened to Britain, Belgium, and the Netherlands after WWII. The only country that has kept a significant number of colonies and integrated them into the country is France (French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon...). Even the US, that didn't suffer much from WWII, and even enriched itself from the Nazi and Japanese gold, didn''t keep the Philippines.
Easy. This is only the case in North America, so chances are that this anti-French movement started in the US because some people were too proud of helping in WWII and jealous of France's power and influence until WWII.But, why do you think France has been unfairly painted as being weak-kneed if there is no truth to it? I think there is truth to America being arrogant and therefore we are viewed as such. Why has France`s image of being weak-kneed come about?