The AP Stylebook's Twitter account, in addition to creating writing standards often used in journalism, spends its time telling people what they should and should not think and say. In a recent now-deleted tweet, it urged people to avoid a particular type of phrasing that it regards as dehumanizing--describing people with a label preceded by the definite article.
Do not, it emphasizes derisively describe any person as belonging to some unfortunate class of people, such as "the poor, the mentally, ill, the French...."
The Embassy of the...uh, I mean, the Embassy of France to the United States is taking it fairly well:
-via David Burge