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?