Saturday, August 27, 2005

Say It Ain't So, Frenchie!

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This one is almost too easy. Still, I don't think there has been nearly enough French bashing lately... and French bashing is like Jello- there's always room for it!

[[ French morale was at a record low less than two weeks ahead of the French prime minister's deadline to restore confidence in the population in his first 100 days in office, according to a survey on Saturday.

Less than a third of French people polled were optimistic about their and their children's future, a drop of 28 percentage points since the last poll in December 2004 and the lowest since the first Ifop survey for newspaper Dimanche Ouest-France in February 1995.
]] (LINK to froggie story)

But why?? Since they are so very good at telling everyone else in the world how superior they are... one would think that they at least felt some measure of happiness about it.

Oh... that's right... it's tres chic to be "dark and depressed," right?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Tsar Lazar said...

My parents went to France some years back.

In Normandie, they treat Americans like long-lost brothers, and they really kill the fatted calf for Yank visitors. It's the only place in France that the American flag is flown at equal height with the Tricoluer.

In Paris, they hated Americans and anything to do with them. My parents almost got jumped while in the Place de la Concorde.

It was Dad's opinion that it was a great shame that Hitler's plan tro blow up Paris didn't succeed.

Pomoze Bog.
Tsar Lazar (eating some Freedom Fries with his cheeseburger tonight)

27/8/05 16:35  
Blogger husker_met said...

I've heard that once you get outside the cities, the French are pretty decent human beings (if still socialists). Apparently the common folk out in the countryside dislike Chirac nearly as much we do.

In all my travels and all my upcoming travels, excepting Normandy and Bastogne, France isn't even a blip on my radar. I have nearly no desire to go there.

Brits really have disdain for the frogs. If you ever want to get into a first rate French bashing contest, corral your nearest Brit and put a couple of pints in him.

Of course no posting on the French would be complete without the obligatory French joke:

Why does the Champs Elysées have such tall trees?
Because Germans like to march in the shade.

27/8/05 16:58  
Anonymous Tsar Lazar said...

On your trip, check out St. Mere Eglise. That's where the 101st Airborne (I believe) dropped and landed right in the middle of the village. They actually have a dressed dummy hanging from the church steeple by a parachute where that guy got caught on it on the way down. He was one of the few survivors. They don't mean as as a hokey tourist gag, though; to them it's a tribute to those who were massacred there.

BTW, I heard a hitorical rumor one time that as they passed near the Arc de Triomphe the German soldiers actually started singing La Marseilles in a very sarcastic tone. Serves the surrender monkeys right...

Pomoze Bog.
Tsar Lazar

27/8/05 19:38  

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