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Posted on 05/20/2006 6:46:39 AM PDT by martin_fierro
French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British poll
Sat May 20, 3:17 AM ET
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.
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."
What a subject line... ;P
Hey now. I'm a fashion plate down at the 7-11.
One more poll to tell you what everybody already knows.
I'm just amazed by the number of English food restaurants thoruhout the world (outside of Britain). Must be at least a dozen.
On the other hand I heard that the French think "London Derriere" is a song with a strong anti British theme.
The US: "Unstylish" and "bad Food"
I don't get the "bad Food" since so much "Amercian Food" are mixtures and remixes of immigrant foods from around the world.
As far as "stylish"... meh... I'm PROUD to not be a metrosexual baffoon who follows the style of the week, the flavor of the day.
This probably refers more to the "meat and potatoes", get your hands dirty, attitude of just getting the job done with 'brash words' or 'brute force' rather than dance around and pontificate on it while sipping tee at noon for years before you decide to hold a special meeting to chat some more.
French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British pollHmmmm..... with the slop the Brits call food, I wouldn't be so quick to criticize.
The Brits say the US has terrible food? That's a hoot. No place to get boiled mutton and blood pudding.
I can't believe nobody's pinged you to this yet.
I just insulted english food. Don't tell Ivan!
Oh yeah...well we have the BEST DENTISTS and we're not afraid to use 'em.
Worst food?????...My Mom was English...I beg to differ. Love yah Mom, but spices are not a bad thing.
But the rest of England...well...
Is this after too much french wine, cheese & sex?
The great thing about America is you can get any type of food you want -- bad, good, excellent, and of any ethnic variety.