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RogueTrooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:24 AM
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33. From the Guardian's newsblog
Two Frenchmen who asked people across Europe to come up with adjectives to describe the French received a string of negative epithets - chauvinistic, pretentious, vain, shallow and so on. Today's Telegraph (registration required) delightedly puts the story on its front page, observing impartially that "typically, the French refuse to accept what arrogant, overbearing monsters they are".

In fact the study, entitled "Why the French are the Worst Company on the Planet", reveals at least as much about the people surveyed as about the French. So while the (serious) Germans dismiss the French as frivolous, the (fiery) Spanish see them as "cold and distant", the (taciturn) Dutch find them "talkative" and the (punctilious, authority-obsessed) Swedes see them as "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty". The British, for the record, described the French as "chauvinistic, stubborn, nannied and humourless" - just the same words they chose to describe us
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