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Natalie Portman Bashes France for Rudeness, Ooo La… Ouch! (video)

Natalie Portman, who just returned to LA after living in France for two years, told Jimmy Kimmel last Americans are much friendlier and less formal. (Photo: Getty)

Natalie Portman, who just returned to LA after living in France for two years, told Jimmy Kimmel last Americans are much friendlier and less formal. (Photo: Getty)

Natalie Portman, who gushed about moving to France three years ago to be with husband Benjamin Millepied, is bashing the country now that she’s moved back to Los Angeles. She told Jimmy Kimmel last night American is far friendlier and more laid back. Go LA!

Portman said she grew so accustomed to the brusqueness of the French, she was startled by how friendly people on the street were in Los Angeles.

“I didn’t realize I got used to it until I got here and I was so surprised,” she told the talk show host. “Everyone smiles a lot here. It’s so nice. They’re more cool in France.”

Her comments are a stark contrast from her appearance on the “Tonight Show,” in 2013. She gushed about living in France. Her husband had just been named director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

“I’m really excited,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “It’s obviously a beautiful place to live.”

Portman said she could speak little French only enough to get by, but added “If you make the effort I find they are very, very kind and appreciate an American accent.”

Um… after living there, maybe not.

“I feel there’s a lot of rules of politeness and codes of behavior there you have to follow,” she said. “It’s a lot looser here. You care about making the person next to you comfortable because you want them to feel good.”

The French have a reputation for rudeness, but other say its only a stereotype.

Portman hit the show to promote her latest movie “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” She wrote, stars in and directed the picture about Israeli author Amos Oz

She’s also appearing in a racy French film, “Planetarium,” with 16-year-old Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis.

They do a nude bathtub scene together and share a cigarette in the film, although she is vehemently anti-smoking. The new trailer was released yesterday (Aug. 25)

Check out her talk show appearances below, including one from three years ago with Jimmy Fallon.

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