Monday, May 23, 2005

Sacre Bleu!

When you think of "French Bashing" the image that comes to mind is that of a right wing conservative American angry with the French over the Iraq war. "Cheese eating surrender monkeys", "Freedom Fries" and all that. The popular perception these days is that only Red Americans dislike the French, such upstanding global citizens are they.

However a study conducted by two Frenchmen reveals that other Europeans hate the French just the same. When asked what they thought of the French (not why they hated the French, mind), the researchers found that
Britons described them as "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless". However, the French may be more shocked by the views of other nations.

For the Germans, the French are "pretentious, offhand and frivolous". The Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow." The Spanish see them as "cold, distant, vain and impolite" and the Portuguese as "preaching". In Italy they comes across as "snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed" and the Greeks find them "not very with it, egocentric bons vivants".

Interestingly, the Swedes consider them "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty".


They are crazy drivers, strangers to customer service, obsessed by sex and food and devoid of a sense of humour.

Read the rest of the article here.

Hat tip Polyscifi.


Blogger shreevardhini said...

hey that made an interesting surprised though that no one deigned to label French men as effeminate and would ve thought,contrary to the Brit opinion, that they are far from being chauvinists.Wonder what results a similar study in India would produce...

3:45 AM  
Blogger SUPERCZAR said...

Wonder why the frenchies are perceieved as so by the Europeans....

I personally find Frenchmen as the kind of people Indians can most easily relate to....
If you were to ask me though, I'd say the problem lies with the rest of the Europeans rather then the Frenchies...

Quote- ""For the Germans, the French are "pretentious, offhand and frivolous". The Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow."""

Which is probably what the stuck up Euro-Caucasians would use for us desis too :-D

6:56 AM  

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