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French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British poll
AFP/Yahoo ^ | Sat May 20, 3:17 AM ET

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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons; United Kingdom
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1 posted on 05/20/2006 6:46:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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2 posted on 05/20/2006 6:48:18 AM PDT by pissant
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To: martin_fierro

What a subject line... ;P


3 posted on 05/20/2006 6:48:35 AM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Better to take what they can throw at us now,rather than take what they promise to throw at us later)
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To: martin_fierro
ok, thank goodness this isn't in breaking news. everyone knows this.
4 posted on 05/20/2006 6:48:51 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (It takes courage to live. Hence, the "culture of death...")
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Constitution Day; Toby06
the United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food.

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Hey now. I'm a fashion plate down at the 7-11.

5 posted on 05/20/2006 6:49:01 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Shirtless at the 7-11)
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To: martin_fierro

One more poll to tell you what everybody already knows.


6 posted on 05/20/2006 6:51:55 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: martin_fierro

I'm just amazed by the number of English food restaurants thoruhout the world (outside of Britain). Must be at least a dozen.


7 posted on 05/20/2006 6:53:47 AM PDT by pissant
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To: martin_fierro

On the other hand I heard that the French think "London Derriere" is a song with a strong anti British theme.


8 posted on 05/20/2006 6:54:11 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: FreedomNeocon

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.


9 posted on 05/20/2006 6:56:04 AM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Better to take what they can throw at us now,rather than take what they promise to throw at us later)
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To: martin_fierro
French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British poll
Hmmmm..... with the slop the Brits call food, I wouldn't be so quick to criticize.
10 posted on 05/20/2006 6:57:05 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: martin_fierro
Picture of a French guy

We concur!

11 posted on 05/20/2006 6:58:56 AM PDT by A message
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To: martin_fierro
Tant piss...

12 posted on 05/20/2006 6:59:34 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: martin_fierro
the United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food.

The Brits say the US has terrible food? That's a hoot. No place to get boiled mutton and blood pudding.

13 posted on 05/20/2006 7:01:21 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: MadIvan

I can't believe nobody's pinged you to this yet.


14 posted on 05/20/2006 7:02:55 AM PDT by Allegra (Tards Rule!)
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To: Allegra; MadIvan

I just insulted english food. Don't tell Ivan!


15 posted on 05/20/2006 7:05:10 AM PDT by pissant
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To: martin_fierro
"...while the United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food...."

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.

16 posted on 05/20/2006 7:06:11 AM PDT by NordP (I want my Country back - it's worth fighting for.)
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To: pissant
The food in London is good because it's a very international city and there are lots of choices and lots of continental cuisine.

But the rest of England...well...

17 posted on 05/20/2006 7:07:39 AM PDT by Allegra (Tards Rule!)
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To: pissant

18 posted on 05/20/2006 7:08:11 AM PDT by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: Chode

Is this after too much french wine, cheese & sex?


19 posted on 05/20/2006 7:08:38 AM PDT by SIRTRIS
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To: ElkGroveDan
The Brits say the US has terrible food? That's a hoot.

The great thing about America is you can get any type of food you want -- bad, good, excellent, and of any ethnic variety.

20 posted on 05/20/2006 7:09:34 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: martin_fierro

This is so much more fun than tearing my hair out over illegal immigration, etc.. Thank you!


21 posted on 05/20/2006 7:09:39 AM PDT by hershey
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To: martin_fierro
The French also have the worst b.o. To be fair, in any country and any place, even in America, you may encounter a person who hasn't bathed nor washed their clothes in a long, long time. In most countries these people are rare, or members of some weird religion or moslem. In France, such persons are the rule; the women stink the worst.

Too, France is plagued by pickle thieves. This is simple fact, not prejudice. At restaurants and such places you will see a bottle in the center of the table. It's contents will invariably prove to be pickle juice. It is a great mystery what happened to the pickles. An alternative theory for those bottles is that very many artisans of art-glass, and the contents of those bottles are used to etch glass.

Dogs are allowed inside eating establishments, but do not be alarmed; dogs are too smart to eat the food.

22 posted on 05/20/2006 7:10:22 AM PDT by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: Allegra

True. They make up for the lack of good food with the presence of good beer.


23 posted on 05/20/2006 7:12:22 AM PDT by pissant
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To: maggief

That doesn't look too bad. But someone oughta tell the brits that salt is not the only available spice.


24 posted on 05/20/2006 7:13:51 AM PDT by pissant
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To: All

Now THIS is a poll I believe!


25 posted on 05/20/2006 7:17:10 AM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: martin_fierro
Not to worry, the Islamist are in the process of increasing rudeness in France?
26 posted on 05/20/2006 7:19:42 AM PDT by lormand (Michael Savage - The "turd in the punch bowl" of Conservatism)
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To: martin_fierro; 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; ...
May I add,...phoney, self pretentious, arrogant, double-dealing, disingenuous, snooty, snobbish, borish, betraying flim-flam artists. Let's face it they're all that and .........
27 posted on 05/20/2006 7:23:13 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SIRTRIS
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28 posted on 05/20/2006 7:23:28 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: FreedomNeocon
I don't get the "bad Food" since so much "Amercian Food" are mixtures and remixes of immigrant foods from around the world.

What do most people around the world think defines American food? McDonald's. If that was what I judged a country's food by, I would rank it at the bottom too.

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.

Ditto. Somehow I don't immediately obey when some fashion designer from Milan, Paris or New York or his boyfriend decide that cuffs are stylish and I must immediately throw out all my pants without cuffs.

29 posted on 05/20/2006 7:24:44 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Never ask a Kennedy if he'll have another drink. It's nobody's business how much he's had already.)
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To: martin_fierro

Can we talk the Germans into invading them one more time...just for fun??

Pray for W and Our Troops


30 posted on 05/20/2006 7:28:37 AM PDT by bray (The only thing lower than Bush' numbers are the press')
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To: KarlInOhio

Talk to almost any American who has spent significant time in France. They almost all have a horror story.


31 posted on 05/20/2006 7:29:56 AM PDT by kjo
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To: martin_fierro
French are rudest, most boring people on earth: British poll

Let me guess what the French poll will say.

32 posted on 05/20/2006 7:29:57 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: martin_fierro
>French are rudest, most boring people on earth

This is a French girl
and this is a British girl . . .
They're both okay,

just looking at them
you can see that Sophie has
fire behind her eyes . . .



33 posted on 05/20/2006 7:30:17 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: martin_fierro
What the Brit respondents apparently don't know is that the in the US we have the best along with the worst.
34 posted on 05/20/2006 7:31:59 AM PDT by luvbach1 (More true now than ever: Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: martin_fierro
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.

Ummm, what else were they going to say? How long have the French and British been at each other's throats off and on? This poll has nothing to do with the French and more with the historical disdain in Great Britain for France. I imagine if you did the same poll in _____(fill in the blank), the poll would return the nation who is considered a historical adversary. The same could be said if you broke the UK down by regions and that to the poll. I'd bet money opposing regions would show up in the poll as well.

35 posted on 05/20/2006 7:32:35 AM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: theFIRMbss; All
>They're both okay,

I got distracted!
Should read, "They're both okay, but"
(Too much bare girl skin!)

36 posted on 05/20/2006 7:32:51 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: FreedomNeocon

Basic meat and potatoes dishes, English breakfasts et al, typical as American food, are directly related to British fare.


37 posted on 05/20/2006 7:34:58 AM PDT by luvbach1 (More true now than ever: Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: maggief; MadIvan

What in the heck is that? It looks like something you would see on a "Project Rescue" billboard!


38 posted on 05/20/2006 7:37:13 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Governor of California, another job Americans won't do.)
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To: martin_fierro
French are rudest, most boring people on earth

But the French are the most welcoming people on earth...







to invading armies.
39 posted on 05/20/2006 7:37:16 AM PDT by adorno
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To: KarlInOhio
Yes, these very cosmopolitan and informed Brits assume we eat only at McDonalds and other fast food outlets. Of course they do too.
40 posted on 05/20/2006 7:38:07 AM PDT by luvbach1 (More true now than ever: Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: theFIRMbss

Re your post #33, I'd say they are both equally tasty.


41 posted on 05/20/2006 7:39:42 AM PDT by luvbach1 (More true now than ever: Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: martin_fierro
I have defend the french.

Most tourists go to Paris and base their opinion of the French based on Parisians. Parisians are like New Yorkers. In addition, they are flooded with tourists day and night. Is it any wonder they get tired of tourists and are rude and uncaring.

My experience is that the more traveled the area, the less friendly the people.
42 posted on 05/20/2006 7:48:11 AM PDT by rcocean (Copyright is theft and loved by Hollywood socialists)
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To: maggief

This looks like it's already been eaten and digested, if you know what I mean and I think you do.


43 posted on 05/20/2006 7:48:37 AM PDT by Fairview
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To: martin_fierro
I agree with this survey after many trips to France over the last 45 years.

My niece and her family just return from living in Germany for 7 months and she would agree with the Germans being rudest. She said they will push ahead of you in a line or going through a door. There is no polite civility between strangers. She said when you meet someone they are very nice but totally different from the way they behave toward those they don't know.
44 posted on 05/20/2006 7:49:54 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: KarlInOhio
Ditto. Somehow I don't immediately obey when some fashion designer from Milan, Paris or New York or his boyfriend decide that cuffs are stylish and I must immediately throw out all my pants without cuffs.

Tell the truth, though. Every few years, when they come out with mens skirts, aren't you the least bit tempted....?


45 posted on 05/20/2006 7:56:15 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!!!)
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To: martin_fierro
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

**************

I would never disagree with a poll.

47 posted on 05/20/2006 8:18:00 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: pissant; MadIvan
just insulted english food. Don't tell Ivan!

Ivan probably doesn't think too highly of kidneys and cow brains either. LOL

48 posted on 05/20/2006 8:21:28 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: martin_fierro

Scorpio: Homer, whats your least favorite country, Italy or France?
Homer: France.
Scorpio: Nobody ever says Italy.


49 posted on 05/20/2006 8:21:46 AM PDT by BadAndy ("Loud mouth internet Rambo")
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To: maggief

Spielberg could use that in one of his movies.


50 posted on 05/20/2006 8:23:00 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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