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The Economist, the famous British magazine, in its first issues of 2013, ran on its cover a picture of U.S. President Obama wearing a striped shirt and a beret. It was a joke and a criticism directed towards Obama's politics.
In simple words, The Economist was clearly saying that the U.S. was becoming another version of France, a country with a long and strong history of social programs.
Of course, it didn't take long to have all the French media unleashing their wrath against those bad 'English' people with horrible taste.