"Ladies and gentlemen I give you The Queen The French..

I imagine there are people on this site who would regard it as treasonable to utter those words as part of the same sentence. But why for goodness sake? Having studied history, politics, IR a bit I know that there is a popular hatred of the French that has nothing to do with personal experience (my nephew who was 11 refused a free holiday there 2 years ago and I had to take him to Barcelona instead of Paris (for goodness sake!!!!!!!) ) Ok the French revolution nearly spread over here, something did or didn't happen during the war that should/shouldn't have happened. Let's face it ---we are jealous. More advanced culturally (The Encyclopedia of Diderot) a leader in the arts, better food, weather, romantic language, better lovers, more beautiful countryside (half the population of Provence is comprised of Daily Mail readers (mind you that's no loss.) ) So when I get up today and hear on Radio 4 that Helen Mirren's film 'The Queen' is top of the pops in France and that there is talk of comissioning a new biography of the Queen in French I have to conclude that the French don't feel the same way about us .... so what's our problem?
 
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I don't think that its something that you can quantify (sp?)
I personally don't think much of the French as a whole, but have never spoken to a Frenchman that I didn't like.
Perhaps it has something to do with the World Wars, I don't know. Perhaps earlier, and its been bred into me!
What I have heard (true or not) is that in French schools, pupils are taught that it was the US that came to thier aid in WWII and us Brits (incl. Commonwealth) don't get a mention AT ALL.
A friend has a French wife and it was her that told the story btw. She is from countryside France, and not City France, which is possibly where the problem lies between our countries (City French have no time for English)
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
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Bloody French - I hate em.

Well maybe they have nice food but that's it. I suppose their women are pretty good too but they haven't really contributed much else to the world. Except maybe their art .. and architecture. And I suppose their footballers are ok and they do cheap booze, but apart from that "what have the French ever done for us"?

Besides ... I'm still obliged to hate them on principle. After all, if I didn't - who would I hate?

SF
 

mikh

MIA
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It's a racial thing (not the PC time of racial either) we have been at war with france on and off (up untill about 150 years ago - someone will correct me on that I know) for the better part of a 900 years. And before anyone mentions it the Normans were not french, so you cannot say our aristocracy is of french origin!
 
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mikh said:
And before anyone mentions it the Normans were not french, so you cannot say our aristocracy is of french origin!

nah they are what is I believe frequently known as 'box heads'
 
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It’s a bit of a mystery to me why many English dislike the French with a vengeance, after all when the Normans conquered you they bred with Saxon lasses, consequently many of you will have French blood coursing through your veins.
 

jesse650

War Hero
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No the Queen is ours. If they wanted a royal family sooooo much.......shouldn't have killed yours should you?? 8O

and anyway the present royal family has Germanic roots - Hapsbergs (sorry bout spelling??)
 

Jimmy_Green

War Hero
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The Royal familly is a mixy blob of about all the European nations. Jock, English, Frog, Kraut, Spanish, Russian (I think) and I'm sure there are many others.
 

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
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Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.


Anyone care to name that tune?
 

Bergen

ADC
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mikh said:
It's a racial thing (not the PC time of racial either) we have been at war with france on and off (up untill about 150 years ago - someone will correct me on that I know) for the better part of a 900 years. And before anyone mentions it the Normans were not french, so you cannot say our aristocracy is of french origin!

Here! Here!

No nasty frogs in our Royal Lineage; except for maybe Richard Couer de Lion.......Oooooops Richard the Lionheart.

Who spent more time in France than he ever did in England........

Who used England as a tax base to raise finances for his european ambitions......

Whose family insignia was a sprig of Golden Broome worn on his tunic.....which in French is called Plante Argent......

Which is why Plantagenet became the name of this particular English royal family and it's descendents....

And let's not mention Eleanor of Aquitane and Henry V.......

Or the French cavalry saving the remains of the Light Brigade after the Heavy Brigade decided that charging down the wrong valley was not too tactically smart.......


And cock on for spotting that the Normans weren't French ...they were.....errrrr well Norsemen.; recent emigres to France...Jeany come Latelies.....except that the bulk of William the Bastards invasion force actually were French....led by the Normans.

Sacre Bleu......Ain't history a bitch........pmsl
 
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Jeez how far back are we going to go here?

OMG We are all Africans!!!!
 
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