Why England alwayse attack France in history?

France don't want to fight with england,

france love peace.

but england attack france so many in history?

england want to have France land?

can i know reason?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    As enemies

    The Norman Conquest of 1066.

    The wars of Henry II of England and Philip II of France

    The Stephen and Matilda conflict.

    The Saintonge War (1242)

    The War of Saint-Sardos (1324).

    The Hundred Years' War (1337–1453).

    Parts of the Italian Wars (1511–1559).

    The Second Hundred Years' War (1688–1815).

    The War of the Grand Alliance (1688–1697).

    The War of the Spanish Succession (1702–1713).

    The War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748).

    The Seven Years' War (1756–1763).

    The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

    The French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars (1792–1815).

    As allies

    (Or at least on the same side.)

    The Crusades

    Parts of the Italian Wars (1511–1559).

    The Eighty Years' War (1568–1648)

    The Fronde (1648–1653)

    The Anglo-Spanish War (1654–1659)

    The War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718–1720)

    The Crimean War (1854–1856)

    The Boxer Rebellion (1900–1901)

    World War I (1914–1918)

    World War II (1939–1945)

    The Korean War (1950–1953)

    The Suez Crisis (1956)

    The First Gulf War (1991)

    The War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

    the history of europe is very interesting can't really give you a general why tho, best look up the wars listed to find out why

  • Glab83
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    First, France loves peace since 1940 where it was defeated (surprisingly easily) but it wasn't always the case.

    In history, France is the country in Europe that made the more wars (and contrary to what many Americans think, it's also one of the most successful of all time).

    France was surrounded by enemy countries : Mainly Spain, Germany, Italy and UK. It needed to have a great power and to be able to resist any war.

    France attacked England first with the Norman invasion.

    Later, England attacked France in order to keep its territories there and was defeated in the Hundred Years' War.

    Then France was occupied fighting everybody in Western-Europe and England sided (more or less) with France's enemies, wanting to balance the power.

    When France finally won against everybody in Western-Europe after the Thirty Years' War, it took control of North America. Later the UK came and defeated France. France then help the Americans fighting the UK and so attacked the UK everywhere on the seas before beating them in Yorktown.

    Then Napoleon came and started to invade all Europe (except the UK > British Channel).

    The UK defeated the French navy and after the failed invasion of Russia, allied with the rest of Europe to defeat the French in Waterloo.

    Then the 2 countries started to colonize other countries and created the biggest colonial empires.

    They finally allied and fought side by side against Germany and, with some help of the US, won WW1. (France didn't lose WW1, it was the main Allied power)

    In WW2, France was defeated and had to be liberated by the UK and the US. Churchill was very anti-French, De Gaulle was very anti-English/American , and so even after the war there were some tensions between France and the UK. Even now, the UK is considered in Europe and mostly by France to be the pet of the USA and anti-European whereas France created the European Union and wants to balance the power of the USA.

    For centuries, France and the UK were the two most powerful countries in the world and so became big rivals. However England/UK wasn't always the bad guy. For a long time, France had been the most dangerous nation in Europe, so it was a good candidate to inspire hatred, fear, reject... It's still the case because France never shuts up in front of the USA/UK.

    I think the UK was probably the good guy until the colonization. Now, France is a peacekeeper whereas the UK always sides with the USA, which aren't very peacekeeping.

    However you can say that if Germany hadn't obtain the title after its two world wars, France would be considered the most agressive nation of all times.

    (Very simplified version of history)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Many parts of France (i.e. Brittany) were parts of the English kingdom for a long time. But, was it England taking over these parts, or was it the Normans (from France) who took over England, and became the English government?

    Source(s): Eclectic
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It goes way way back into history. The Normans, Norse decent not French had a spat with an English king and it kicked off from there based around blood ties and marriages and who was related to who etc.

    Complicated.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Don`t every body attack france easy country to beat we all have to Patrice archery some where

    Ask Germany they only went there for a onion's and clove of garlic and to have a holiday the french run a way cowards they are

    this is why I all ways stick two fingers up at them

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In the modern world (say last 300 years) Britain has always had a policy of trying to achieve equilibrium in Europe. This usually meant they tried to undermine or curtail the dominate military power of the time. Prior to th eC20th that power was normally France

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    actually france tend to instigate the wars, and in some cases enland has no choice but to make a pre-emptive strike, eg in the napoleanoic era if England hadn’t have fought france the world would look very different

  • 1 decade ago

    What France?

    France did not exist in it's current form until fairly recently.

    The French have usually been the agressor in wars with the English. They have either been trying to steal legimate English possessions or have Allied themselves with some nasty people to destroy the balancing force of England in Europe.

    Any people who breed so many tyranical kings and Napoleon, and ally themselves with evil popes and Adolph Hitler, invite fierce resistance.

    There have been hundreds of French led or sponsored plans to invade England.

  • 1 decade ago

    France was the aggressor loads of times. Napoleon??

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm from the USA but do know people from France and from England who have immigrated here.

    It used to surprise me the hate the people have for each other. Yet, UK citizens love to travel to France, drink wine, eat, see art and take in cultural things there.

    I think the hate has gone of for so long that sometimes these people do not even know why they hate, just that they do hate. That is like Ireland, the IRA has gone on so long hating they don't know how to do anything else.

    The Middle East is that way too, these wars have gone on for thousands of years.

    In the USA, I think the hate we have for each other is within our own borders. We are separated by our views, being Republicans and Democrats. We are all on the same team, but it sure doesn't feel that way to me all the time. We truly hate each other.

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