May 17, 2005

Proof Even Euros Hate The French (tip to ExpatYank)

A survey group asked a bunch of Europeans to list the five adjectives they thought best described the French. The answers were overwhelmingly negative - even from outside Britain.

Put me down for "smelly, humorless, cowardly, fascistic and anti-Semitic."

What some of the other Europeans said about the French-

British: "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless"
Germans: "pretentious, offhand and frivolous"
Dutch: "agitated, talkative and shallow"
Spanish: "cold, distant, vain and impolite"
Portuguese: "preaching"
Italians: "snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed"
Greeks: "not very with it, egocentric bons vivants"
Swedish: "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty"

Hopefully Americans wouldn't get such a bad showing, but it's nice to know that, when Chirac gets up there to chide the Eastern Europeans for Having Opinions a lot of Europeans don't care what he says.

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