La Rochelle, the French Language and Strange Driving

La Rochelle France

“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said  – ‘Parking Fine’.”
Tommy Cooper (English comedian)

Another thing about the French is that air of haughty superiority that they do nothing to try and disguise and which practically borders on contempt.  I don’t mind them being proud of their country and their heritage but when patriotism tips over into nationalism that can be unpleasant.  There is the language thing of course which I don’t really have a complaint about because why should I expect them to speak to me in English if I haven’t had the good manners to learn a few simple words of French to return but beyond that there is always the suspicion that for them we are unwelcome in their country and only just tolerated through gritted teeth.

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