This is a great question, Caroline. I can offer no help, but I did want to say that I bet your paper is fascinating.
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Hello again Caroline! This is an interesting paper indeed and while there are a number of explanations for your question, here are some sources you can use to help!
Investigating the papers of ambassadors and diplomats could be helpful in this case as they were the public connection between the countries post-American Revolution. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson wrote extensively on the Franco-U.S. relationships during their presidencies, especially Jefferson who served as the ambassador to France. Their presidential papers are held by private organizations, but are still publicly available. Each have some digital collections that can be access through their websites:
The Massachusetts Historical Society has a digital version of the Adams Family Papers, which can be accessed from their website also. Adams Family Papers : An Electronic Archive
A collection of John Quincy Adams' papers are also held at the Adams National Historical Park and the Massachusetts Historical Society. He traveled with his father John across Europe and served in a number of foreign posts and as Secretary of State; his papers could shed light on the French connection.
What other sources have you already consulted? Good luck with your research!
(P.S. Just out of curiosity, is this an AP or IB history class? Your paper sounds very in-depth and focused)
Its just an Honors course but my instructor is a college professor.