Both the beret and the baguette are emblematic of a traditional France that has undergone many changes lately. Historically, the French did their food shopping in small neighborhood stores and enjoyed a long leisurely midday meal with their families. In recent years, the French lifestyle has become more fast-paced. In addition, the French often have long commutes to their jobs, making it difficult to shop on a daily basis. They are more likely to do their shopping in large supermarchés such as Carrefour and Monoprix, and rarely have the time to cook a large midday meal.
In your opinion what items would symbolize an American identity? Why have you chosen these items?