By Jules Eden
“If the French can encourage a booklet as humorous as this, might be we shouldn’t hate them after all!”
Toby younger, Spectator critic
“Deliciously irreverent and provocative!”
Christopher Silvester, self reliant on Sunday
You shuddered whilst the U.S. Congress renamed French fries. You sighed while the French rejected the ecu structure they’d written themselves. yet come on, admit it: deep down there’s anything in we all that loves to take a swipe at our Gallic neighbors. This publication will give you fifty painstakingly researched, wittily written purposes to again up your perspectives.
From sinking the Rainbow Warrior, snap shots of leaders previous and current, to Serge Gainsbourg, the Quasimodo of French pop, this booklet solutions each query you’ve received concerning the French – other than one: “Why in basic terms fifty?’
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The report criticised a lack of warmth and professionalism amongst service staff and a failure to treat customers, both foreign and domestic, as a friend. The Report concludes with 81 proposals on how the French can become better hosts. Tourism Minister Leon Bertrand said, ‘Our aim is to let tourists know that France is trying to improve…and the French that they have to do better’. The irony is that the French are acutely sensitive to incivility directed at them. In November 2004, a sign appeared in the visa section of the French Consulate in New York telling applicants that ‘rudeness will result in the denial of the application and denied entry into France’.
The headscarf ban. Anti-Semitism. Collaboration. Corruption. Camembert. Personal hygiene. Gerard Depardieu. Rudeness. Little yapping dogs. Le rock and roll. Le Roi Soleil. Napoleon. The UN. The EU. Stuffed geese. Suppositories. Strikes. Speedos... My boozy French “friends” drank all my wine and left. With the exception of the local mayor, who collapsed in the garden. We left him under a blanket next to his dog. It all got me thinking about France’s place in the world, past and present. Why do the French condemn Coalition actions in Iraq while their own army rampages through the Ivory Coast?
Why is there no French Rolling Stones? Why did no French performer appear at Live Aid? Why doesn’t Madonna go and live in Paris (a question demanded by every Londoner)? The answers lie in the story of French Rock. Pre-War: In the early 20th century, Paris was the counter-culture capital of Europe, teeming with avant garde painters, decadent poets, realist novelists, pioneering filmmakers and folk singers. This artistic fertility contrasts its absolute failure in the international pop scene during the next half of the century.
50 Reasons to Hate the French by Jules Eden