« The US is a comparative newbie on the diplomacy scene. For centuries, diplomacy has been the province of the French. France, or some iteration of it, has been a world power for almost a millennium, and French was both a courtly language as well as an international lingua franca. And it shows in the language of diplomacy; not only is modern French an official language of the UN, but French and its ancestors have given us the vocabulary of diplomacy. »