Re: Being Belgian, plucky and all...
Your git comment aside, what they actually did was declare war on the English (with the help of the Dutch and the Spanish, of course) . They did it because the wanted revenge for getting the rear of their anatomy badly battered in the seven year war. They ended up with a giant financial hangover, which indirectly caused the French revolution, git wise. And, of course, we're not mentioning the French losses that ran into the thousends. A cause for celebration by the French even today, I'm sure.
Of course Franklin was already talking to the English behind the French's back, and so they got very little if aything out of the peace settlement.
But, as you correctly remarked, the word 'with'as in 'with the Americans' is sadly missing from my writings.