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How times have changed: Britons want to be French

 
 
Francis
 
Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 04:01 am
As I feel a bit alone here, with all that bashing, allow me to comfort myself a little bit...


By Cahal Milmo
Published: 09 October 2006
The Independent.


A famous wit once observed there were two reasons for the British to dislike the French. Firstly, they are too logical and secondly they own France - "a country which we have always judged to be much too good for them".

How times have changed. Now it seems that Britain's middle-class love affair with all things Gallic has reached the point where a fifth of Britons now actually want to be French.


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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 05:27 am
J'aime tellement des choses francaises, mais il me faut rire quant j'entends une blague ancienne:

"God made France as the perfect country...
Then the Devil put the French in it!"

Laughing

Only a joke, of course!

A+

KP
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 05:31 am
The French are our natural enemies. We should have finished them off while we had the chance.
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 05:35 am
McTag wrote:
The French are our natural enemies. We should have finished them off while we had the chance.


What about the "Auld Alliance"? Confused (Scotland-France)
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 05:42 am
I've been in the Bretagne twice during English holiday periods, this year during the last week of summer holidays, same last year: speaking French makes you a stranger there - at least 'Little Britain' is back under Briton's control!
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 07:04 am
kitchenpete wrote:
McTag wrote:
The French are our natural enemies. We should have finished them off while we had the chance.


What about the "Auld Alliance"? Confused (Scotland-France)


O yes I forgot.

Okay then, as I was saying, France is lovely and the French people are terrific! We love them!
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hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 09:19 am
the french "gave" quebec to canada - !
forever grateful - especially for giving us "sweet" butter (unsalted - which is still our preference after 50 years in canada ) and fine quebec cheeses , such as OKA , port salut and st. paulin !
hbg
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 09:21 am
Hi Frances --- I've got a lot of time for France & the French. I enjoy that bloody minded attitude & a shrug of the shoulders they some times really use.

That old adage, "when in rome......" certainly applies in provincial areas.
Make the effort too try out your skills & rewards are there.
I some times watch TV5Monde on my cable connection. It's a mix of news & movies mainly.
My knowledge of the French language is pretty rudimentary but I make the effort too use it. I get a few smiles with the replies in English when I ask for 2 packets de Gauloise sans filtre. And at least I can go into a cafe, grocery shop, boulangerie & buy things.

Except for a couple of recent day trips, I haven't had a proper holiday in France for a few years now, so next year I'm gonna arange things better.
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 09:25 am
Guys with French accents are sexy (good looking guys obviously).
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spendius
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 10:59 am
France certainly has produced some great writers and I quite like their politicians. Real cool.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 11:37 am
kitchenpete wrote:
"God made France as the perfect country...
Then the Devil put the French in it!"


Oh, yeah! that Devil was a great buddy!
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 11:38 am
McTag wrote:
The French are our natural enemies. We should have finished them off while we had the chance.


Well, McT is my natural ami.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 11:41 am
Walter Hinteler wrote:
I've been in the Bretagne twice during English holiday periods, this year during the last week of summer holidays, same last year: speaking French makes you a stranger there - at least 'Little Britain' is back under Briton's control!


Could be worse, Walter.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 11:43 am
Hamburger: I like the Port Salut but I do prefer salted butter, my friend in cheese!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 11:56 am
Francis wrote:


Could be worse, Walter.


I know, but we were only about eight Germans alltogether in Morbihan during those days :wink:
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 12:28 pm
oldandknew wrote:
...so next year I'm gonna arrange things better.


So, stop in Paris for a while, I'll be waiting.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 12:33 pm
Dorothy Parker wrote:
Guys with French accents are sexy (good looking guys obviously).


So you pardon them for stinking?
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 12:34 pm
Absolutely.
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hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 12:41 pm
frances ;
when i grew up in hamburg , 'salted butter' was considered inferior (i think it was often sold by market wives - should i call them market ladies :wink: ) from wooden barrrels and was usually used for cooking and baking only .
i recall that housewifes when shopping for butter were often given a bit of butter for tasting ; my mother would insist that it should taste like it had been freshly churned - no "frozen" butter from the warehouse was considered acceptable .
hbg
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Oct, 2006 12:41 pm
spendius wrote:
France certainly has produced some great writers and I quite like their politicians. Real cool.


Some are unbearable, like everywhere else, Spendi (The lightness of the being).
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