Originally posted by Squelchbelch
This was suggested to me by the top player at my club after (another!) OTB loss against the bloody FD.
My opinion as a long time French Player, for what its worth, is that 2. f4 is a quite ordinary move. I'd love to face it more often. Who's that "top player" recommending it? Is he a French player trying to spread disinformation about what works out as a good line against it so we Frenchies can clean up???? ;-)
I don't understand the 'black must think for himself' idea. Black gets a good game playing moves he'd like to play anyway - the exact line you found. Black's knight is coming to f5 and White's centre falls apart.
Here's an example of Morphy playing the French and creaming White after 2. f4
If you like playing the exchange why not continue to play that? It's a much more dynamic line that a lot of club players seem to realise. It's only dull if you want it to be.
That said, if you want an objective advantage against the French you will just have to bite the bullet and do some preparation in the main lines.
Or you can give up 1. e4 :-)