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Old 05-21-06, 09:19 PM   #1
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French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British poll

I saw a picture of cyclists on the main MSN website, that autimatically attracted my eye. Quite a dreadful article but it was interesting. I'll bet Lance would agree with this.

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LONDON (AFP) - The French have been voted the world's most unfriendly nation by a landslide in a new British poll published. They were also voted the most boring and most ungenerous.

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A decisive 46 percent of the 6,000 people surveyed by travellers' website Where Are You Now (WAYN) said the French were the most unfriendly nation people on the planet, British newspapers reported.

The Germans have no to reason to celebrate the damning verdict. They came second on all three counts.

WAYN's French founder, Jerome Touze, told the papers he had been stunned by the thumping condemnation of his compatriots and sought to blame it on Gallic love-struck sulking.

"I had no idea that the French would emerge as such an unfriendly country," he said.

"I think our romantic 'moodiness' is misunderstood and I will be sure to pass on the message to my family and friends back in France to be a bit more cheerful to tourists in the future."

Italy was voted the world's most cultured nation with the best cuisine, while the United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food.

The British did not feature in the top 10 of any of the categories.

"The British fit in nowhere -- good or bad. It appears that we are so completely average that the voters did not include us in any category," the tabloid Daily Express commented.

"And to our shame, four percent of respondents -- all British of course -- said they would only talk to other Britons when they are abroad."

This unwillingness to talk to the locals appears to go hand in hand with respondents' perceptions of foreigners.

While most said Spain was the foreign country where they would most like to live, they said the Spaniards were nearly as unfriendly and ungenerous as the French.

To add insult to injury, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph put the boot in on Saturday by saying in an editorial that the French stank.

"The French may like to think that Chanel No 5 is their scent but we all know that garlic and stale Gitanes are much more representative."
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...the United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food.
You know that's BS when our food is voted worse than English food.
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There is an irony to the brits calling anyone boring ...
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You know that's BS when our food is voted worse than English food.
Thats likely because there is no AMERICAN food. Its an impossible dream to pin down. Almost everything made in canada and the us is stolen from other countries. Reworked and then suddenly becomes american....
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Thats likely because there is no AMERICAN food. Its an impossible dream to pin down. Almost everything made in canada and the us is stolen from other countries. Reworked and then suddenly becomes american....
I call B/S

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I call B/S

But I'd rather have fish and chips (lot's of vinegar please, as I like a bit of flavor).
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Gimme a Clif Bar.

Nothing more "American" than that.
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My wife teaches English in France. The tons of English retired to ROussillon would disagree with this poll. Heck. some of the cultural events here, the ENglish outweigh the French..
In fact my wife finds way too many English tourists way to demanding...She had to intervene to settle a situation in some store. An English snob was terribly offended because the clerk did not know English.
Thought the saying about the "Ugly American" was about those from the US...maybe mean't to be directed towards all demanding English speakers.
Ever since the Revolution, the French country side has been thought to call itself 'Peasants.'
when locals understood we live here for now, with them - they gave us their highest compliment.
'you are peasants now.' how is that for being aristocratic. Never have we made so many friends so fast. Wait staff at restaurants find out we are American's , we get showered with free deserts, drinks. Just Saturday night, One waitress said, "I love America." gave us a free desert. Invited her to our home. Now great friends. Wants to visit the American west and California. Interested in my wifes' class.
I think many become jealous because the French know how to celebrate life, instead of being life's slave.
ah. Polls. Should see how they are conducted before we believe them. Any poll that rates English food higher than others, has to be skewed.
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But I'd rather have fish and chips (lot's of vinegar please, as I like a bit of flavor).

Ummm... Then go get some. I hear there's still an 'Arthur Treachers' around somewhere
I like Fish & Chips too, also with loads of malt vinegar. But there's nothin more 'Murrican than a Philly Cheesesteak
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You know that's BS when our food is voted worse than English food.
Nah, as much as the British love to bad mouth the French they live SO close that some of the French food ways have rubbed off on them. Australia's kind of in the same boat when it comes to no native food traditions and any attempt at an "Australian" cusine involves trying to incorporate indigenious flavors which isn't such a bad thing but its yet to take off.

What we do in Australia however, and much to our credit is to accept with open arms food traditions from all over the world. As a taxi driver if someone asked me for a reccomendation for a restaraunt the first question I would ask them is what type. Chinese, Italian, French, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Greek, Lebanese, Japanese, African and so on. If they asked for an Australian restaraunt I would REALY have to think about what that was.

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One of our favorite restaurants was an Australian restaurant in downtown San Diego. Great food. Best lobster in the world.
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One of our favorite restaurants was an Australian restaurant in downtown San Diego. Great food. Best lobster in the world.
Well a good restaraunt is a good restaraunt but what made it Australian was probably nothing more than a marketing ploy. In Australia, Australian cusine is hard to define. Funny thing I heard is aparently there are Australian-Chinese restaraunts in China. REAL chinese is not what we eat in Australia at chinese restaraunts but chinese restaraunts would have to be more prevelant than any other style here.

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well, here's my opinion.. we all have our flaws but yes, i agree that the french are rude, or the ones i have met anyway.. when we french speaking canadian have a movie in france, they require subtitles saying it isnt french and they cant understand us .... as far as the american food is concern, well, coming from Canada, I can tell you that the quality and standars are inferior and the habbits are terrible, too much fast food and junk, there are a lot of over weight kids here in America, ( sodas sold at school??? holly crow!!!!) and fashion wise.. no offense but yeah, it's missing a little je ne sais quoi
but I can tell you that American people are definitly more friendly then the canadian ( or where i am from anyway)
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Pat's Steaks rules the world. Of course, I've never actually had one sober, but still they're great.
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If they asked for an Australian restaraunt I would REALY have to think about what that was.

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but I can tell you that American people are definitly more friendly then the canadian ( or where i am from anyway)
I take it you don't spend a lot of time over the border in Massachusetts... There's an accurate nickname for residents of MA but I can't get it by the swear filters.
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Thats likely because there is no AMERICAN food.
Cheese grits, cornbread, fried green tomatoes... What do you mean "there is no American food"?
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Stacey, I love you, but now I feel the sudden need for a road trip to Philly, you meanie!

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Stacey, I love you, but now I feel the sudden need for a road trip to Philly, you meanie!


Well, come on up and get one, I have a couch you can crash on. Or I'll overnight one to you
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Thats likely because there is no AMERICAN food.
Are you trying to tell me to my face and in front of the whole intarweb that corndogs don't count as American food?!?

I think France is defined by the typical Parisian in many people's minds. Outside of Paris, people seem to be friendlier, but the stereotypical Parisian smokes too much, masks his/her BO in perfume, etc. It's more of a stereotype than an accurate portrayal, but it seems to stick in people's minds.

BTW, this whole discussion has made me want a cheesesteak in addition to biscuits and gravy.
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I don't know if I would call the French rude. I've been there twice, my dad is from France, as well as 19 of my cousins. Theres a certain characteristic in many of them, not entirely rude or '*******'.
More like, beat the system, frown at authority. Honestly though, I think I have quite a bit of that.

Boring? Not at all. I've found older generation French, like my uncles and aunts, to love sitting around the table and eating for hours. The conversation was not boring, but it went on for quite a while. Outside of anything else, the food is fantastic.
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I visited Paris for the first time a couple of months ago. I was expecting the Parisians to be haughty and rude but they were all very friendly. I was very disappointed.
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I take it you don't spend a lot of time over the border in Massachusetts... There's an accurate nickname for residents of MA but I can't get it by the swear filters.
lol! OK, yeah let me take that back, Im in a tourist's spot and we see a LOT of rude people and they ARE from Mass!!!!!! come to NH!, youll see some pretty friendly faces here!!!
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blondy, you gotta come to bc and see our french population. 1/3 of whistler is french in the winter...we must be lucky and only get hte friendly ones....
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