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I can't even begin to describe to you how much it disgusts me that they eat frogs, and that they push for testing cosmetic products on animals, and the number of smokers who are all over...<br><br><br><br>
What do you think about France? And do you even know where France is? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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*loves France dearly, but not as much as Belgium*<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smoking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smoke:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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I don't like their current philosophical tradition.<br><br><br><br>
And they dub their films, which is pretty ****ing stupid.<br><br><br><br>
And they have bullfights.<br><br><br><br>
But French is a beautiful language, and I like Serge Gainsbourg. I like their emphasis of culture.
 

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<< Dreams of France. I love their culture. How they are way laid back, most don't work a 40 hour week like what would be full time in the US, into their families, 2 hour lunches, homemade cooking (well you know what I mean) not a fast food nation, they seem healthier, owns simple basic stuff, and of course the way it is set up--they walk a lot. etc.<br><br><br><br>
That is what I read in my books anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I like it that they cut the heads off the aristoocracy.<br><br><br><br>
And I think the Firemen who are demonstrating in the streets at the moment are doing a fine job. "Sarko t'est foutu... les pompiers sont dans la rue".<br><br><br><br>
(I think Sarkozy sucks BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG time.)<br><br><br><br>
The French have their good points and their bad points. I have French nationality but that doesn't make me feel particularly Patriotic.<br><br><br><br>
They had a great resistance movement in WWII. Very brave men and women. I take my hat off to them.
 

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France has 365 officially recognized national cheeses. The French also make great bread.<br><br><br><br>
On the downside, the French think air conditioning causes liver failure. 'Cuz apparently liver failure has nothing to do with all the alcohol they drink <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br><br><br>
My husband lived in France for two years and says that the thing about the French being healthier and French women not getting fat is a total myth.
 

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France has 365 officially recognized national cheeses.</div>
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I count that as a negative factor - hundreds of ways of causing suffering.
 

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I count that as a negative factor - hundreds of ways of causing suffering.</div>
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Yeah, you're right. Cheese is a food group in France. It would be a really tough place to be a vegan.
 

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Cheese eating surrender monkeys!<br><br><br><br>
Someone had to do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Charles DeGaulle Airport is a lesson in inefficient aloofness, plus having limited places to buy liquids after you go through security.<br><br><br><br>
I thought it was appropriate when I heard rabbit burrows threaten to collapse one of its runways. I have not kept up with that story, so I don't know what the administration has done about it in recent years.
 

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I know where France is, but I don't know a lot about it. Just knowing they have 365 cheeses makes me think France sucks. (No offense to the French VBers. I come in peace!)
 
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i dunno if france is better or worse than anywhere else, its just different.<br><br><br><br>
paris is a beautiful city, architecturally and artistically- but is just as seedy and dirty in places as anywhere else i've been. i appreciate its museums and art galleries, but not so much nearly being run over by a lunatic on a moped at every turn when i'm walking the streets there. the driving over there is abysmally bad.<br><br><br><br>
there is a huge culture around food there, and yep, they happily eat horses, snails, and all kinds of creatures that people other places consider to be weird and disturbing stuff to eat- but some other cultures happily eat cat, dog, rat, snake, and beetles, and i'm sure they laugh at americans for eating arsehole and all other kinds of crud in their hotdogs. meat is meat as far as i'm concerned- its all pretty much gross.<br><br><br><br>
they also have nicer food like pain au chocolat (also not generally vegan, but i bet it <i>could</i> be) and i think the fact that they developed something as yummy as that counts as a small something in their favour. and they do have a lot of cheap alcohol over there. many brits appreciate france purely from the 'booze cruise' perspective- not being a drinker myself, i don't know if i count that as a pro or con.<br><br><br><br>
the french people, hmmm...... all the french people i've met seem to have their heads quite far up their own bottoms, and a strong grasp of the concept of their own personal and national superiority. but i'm english, we tend to be a bit more reserved and not so enthusiastic about ourselves, and as a nation we have a tendancy to not be on the best of terms with the french. maybe they're just snooty with us, cos in their eyes we are 'le rosbifs' and in return we call them 'the frogs'.<br><br><br><br>
the french language is very pretty when spoken, i found it a pain in the arse to learn it for 5 years in school though (enforced learning of french and german in my school.... grrr) and i don't like how the sentances are all constructed backwards and with freaky grammar, as well as how there aren't as many words available as i'm used to- the average english dictionary has about 600,000 words, french has around 35,000. not that i know them all, but ya know, its always nice to have a little more choice. the way they say numbers confuses me too, with the whole 'quatre-vingts-dix-neuf' thing. (99, in french is said as 'four twenties, and nineteen- which is itself said as 'ten-nine').<br><br><br><br>
i guess france has room for plenty of improvement, doesn't everywhere though?
 

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and a strong grasp of the concept of their own personal and national superiority.</div>
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Kinda reminds me of a certain other nation.
 

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I did not like Paris. they were rude ass people. and french food is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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To be honest, I don't know that much about France. I went there with my family when I was 12, and I remember beautiful countryside, and works of art in galleries, and food. And getting lost in Paris for an hour because my dad decided we should leave the main tour group and go walking on our own (which was fine language-wise, since everyone except my dad speaks french). Paris had a lot of people who were living in the streets. I remember a woman, maybe in her late 20s, holding what I thought was a dead or nearly-dead baby in her arms.<br><br><br><br>
I ate frogs legs there, too, which I now recognize as disgusting and weird. They tasted like chicken, and I don't know how I didn't connect them with real life frogs. I knew it was frog when the plate was put in front of me. Edit: I also had escargots, though I don't think I was as keen on eating those.
 

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I have no big qualms with the country as a whole -<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I can't even begin to describe to you how much it disgusts me that they eat frogs, and that they push for testing cosmetic products on animals, and the number of smokers who are all over...<br></div>
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Americans do all these things too - and worse.<br><br><br><br>
I do like how when France said they would veto during Bushys lil war campaign, it got all the "not so smartys" out of the woodwork with that whole FREEDOM FRY fiasco.
 

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the way they say numbers confuses me too, with the whole 'quatre-vingts-dix-neuf' thing. (99, in french is said as 'four twenties, and nineteen- which is itself said as 'ten-nine').<br></div>
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My husband speaks fluent french and he thinks the french numbering is hilarious! He has a favorite number that's a mouthful to say in french but I'm not remembering what it is. French numbering is base-20 (English is base-10, the metric system is base-10, computers are base-2.)
 

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every time I hear someone blab about how much like the french, I just feel like going out and eating some American Fries to really stick it to em.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/evil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":evil:">
 

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My husband speaks fluent french and he thinks the french numbering is hilarious! He has a favorite number that's a mouthful to say in french but I'm not remembering what it is. French numbering is base-20 (English is base-10, the metric system is base-10, computers are base-2.)</div>
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I hate having to say quatre-vingt-dix-neuf on the phone, or soixante-treize (I speak french on the phone at work). Or if someone says it to me, it takes me longer to process, and then I'll usually end up asking the person for the number one number at a time. Is it me, or are french people more likely to read out account numbers like one hundred and 30, 3 hundred and twenty, etc, rather than One Three Zero, Three Two Zero, etc?
 

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every time I hear someone blab about how much like the french, I just feel like going out and eating some American Fries to really stick it to em.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/evil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":evil:"></div>
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My husband informed me that the fries in france are usually fried in horse fat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 
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