The Daily Bork

May 17, 2005

Europe unites in hatred of French

A survey done by the Telegraph has humorous results, if you aren't French (Telegraph | News | Europe unites in hatred of French)

"Interviewees were simply asked an open question - what five adjectives sum up the French," said Olivier Clodong, one of the study's two authors and a professor of social and political communication at the Ecole Superieur de Commerce, in Paris. "The answers were overwhelmingly negative."

The results?

Interestingly, the Swedes consider them "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty".

Disobedient and disorganised, perhaps the ultimate in Swedish disdain.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britons described them as "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless". However, the French may be more shocked by the views of other nations.

For the Germans, the French are "pretentious, offhand and frivolous". The Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow." The Spanish see them as "cold, distant, vain and impolite" and the Portuguese as "preaching". In Italy they comes across as "snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed" and the Greeks find them "not very with it, egocentric bons vivants".

Ah the joys of European unity! The survey didn't even ask for negative views, just five adjectives of any flavour.

The only thing I find strange is no mention of god-awful ugly cars.

(Hat Tip, Q and O)


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