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LordPercy
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Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:30 pm

Eucrid wrote:I like the French, great country and I've never found them unfriendly. Never found them an overly attractive country though, just normal.
Yeah, I'm heading back to france on the 27th for my holidays, 3rd time I'll have gone there in about 6 years or so. I've never met one of the stereotypical stuck up french no idea where it comes from at all. The opposite in fact, I've always found them really helpful and patient if a language barrier came up. Only french person I've met and didn't like was a girl I used to work with, so maybe they just kick their assholes out.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:37 pm

France is the only country where I've ever come across people who laugh in your face and take the piss out of you for making a pretty good effort at speaking their language but not being fluent. Happened to me a good few times there.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:39 pm

mojo wrote:they are stuck up, reserved and feel their opinion and lifestyle is generally better than everyone elses

but they have unmistakable class and the women are outstanding in terms of beauty/fashion/coolness

also they love to smoke, drink and fuck around
See I dont see these sterotypes in any of the French I know or the ones I've met over there.
There's as many fat slobs and ugly people as there are anywhere else. One of the women in my workplace looks like she was dragged through a hedge after being dressed by Ray Charles.
They've alwyas been outgoing and friendly, a bit more reserved than the Irish yeah but more in a way that they dont seem to feel a need know everybody in a room as soon as they arrive.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:46 pm

Big on handshakes i noticed from one trip to a client's place in france

every morning, in ya come to the office and ya go round shaking everyone's hand

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:54 pm

Rusty Shackleford wrote:
Zook wrote:
ciaoq wrote:eating is so great.

French people seem to have it right, they all drink, smoke, eat full fat everything, and they are all so ridiculously attractive!
I dunno ciaoq, the French are assholes
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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:05 pm

I don't mind the French, I think they seem more rude than they actually are, and a lot of that is to do with how a lot of their expressions are translated into English.

However, having had a few different French co-workers and a few Paris based clients, I can tell you that they are the most frustrating people to work with. They do the bare minimum and refuse to do anything extra.

Had a colleague try to justify to his manager that it was easy for her to stay late because she had no kids and he had two. He then said to the department head (who has kids) that it was easier for her to stay late becuase both her and her husband worked, and that he couldn't ever stay late becuase his wife was at home all day with the kids.

He was given the boot when they finally noticed that while he came in at 8 am, he'd fire off 1 email and spend the next hour in the cafe around the corner. They also worked out, over a couple of months, that he averaged a 93 min lunch.
He was the worst offender, but not by too much.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:21 pm

Casino wrote:France is the only country where I've ever come across people who laugh in your face and take the piss out of you for making a pretty good effort at speaking their language but not being fluent. Happened to me a good few times there.
Maybe you are just hilariously bad with your French? I've no French but my girlfriend has a bit and whenever she got stuff wrong over there the French were really nice and helped her improve.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:24 pm

haha Shivo how long was the frenchie getting away with that carry on?

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:30 pm

Casino wrote:France is the only country where I've ever come across people who laugh in your face and take the piss out of you for making a pretty good effort at speaking their language but not being fluent. Happened to me a good few times there.
You were working in a ski resort wern't you? Nothing to base this on but would that attract a certain kind of clientele do you think because I'd have very little french and much like my English my grammer would be terrible but I've never come across it at all.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:36 pm

i just had flashbacks to making one of my French teachers pull her her out with frustration at my mangled pronounciation.
I was pronouncing cheveux (hair) and chevaux (horses) the same way. I'm sorry frenchie but I'm from the midlands and those vowels are coming out the same way whether you like it or not.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:42 pm

Eucrid wrote:
Casino wrote:France is the only country where I've ever come across people who laugh in your face and take the piss out of you for making a pretty good effort at speaking their language but not being fluent. Happened to me a good few times there.
Maybe you are just hilariously bad with your French? I've no French but my girlfriend has a bit and whenever she got stuff wrong over there the French were really nice and helped her improve.
I found in paris they had little or no patience for me when i spoke french. They would cut me off abruptly english in rather than let me finish what i was trying to say

in regional france though they were lovely about it...lots of people who didnt speak english and i had no option but to pull out my LC mercy buckets french

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:44 pm

had a couple of bad experiences in france with pricks providing a front line service. (as if 'Coke please' needed any more explanation in a shop)

i've always admired their willingness to protest en masse and just shut down the country if shit doesn't go their way. we could do with some of that back home

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:46 pm

Last time I was over in France some Frenchie asked me for directions (in French) and I broke out my best LC " la deuxieme gauche" directions for them. They were polite enough and let me finish making a hames of it before asking me again in English :lol:

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:55 pm

Paris is full of arrogant pricks. All the hype about the city has gone to their heads. Bordeaux is better in almoat every single way. Plenty of other cities in France that I'd also prefer.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:58 pm

maradara wrote:had a couple of bad experiences in france with pricks providing a front line service. (as if 'Coke please' needed any more explanation in a shop)
Not sure if it's just the Frenchies over here - but they all call it 'Coca' and not 'Coke'

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:59 pm

You know where is terrible for ignorant cunt service people, Barcelona.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:59 pm

piepiepress wrote:haha Shivo how long was the frenchie getting away with that carry on?
A few of years.
He was one charming mother fucker though, so he had the previous department head in his pocket and she wouldn't hear a bad thing against him.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:01 pm

shivo wrote:
maradara wrote:had a couple of bad experiences in france with pricks providing a front line service. (as if 'Coke please' needed any more explanation in a shop)
Not sure if it's just the Frenchies over here - but they all call it 'Coca' and not 'Coke'
Yeah, I've noticed that alright and got a blank look before when asking for a coke. Would always ask for coca cola since

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:33 pm

I've been to France every year for about 9 years now (oh get me) and I've had nothing but nice experiences with the French personally. I attempt to speak some French and they are usually quite patient. Sometimes it saves time to just ask if they speak English, in French and then proceed accordingly mind.

I DO remember being in a nightclub in Paris though and it was all split into themed rooms for each of the elements. I remember us all sitting in the 'Earth' room which was supposed to be for polite chat and some French guy turning around to my boyfriend at the time and going

"Uuuh excusez-moi? Could you uuuh ... how you say ... shut up?"

Granted the bf was being an obnoxiously loud asshole but that made me chuckle.

I'm going to Paris again in September with a friend to meet a French lad and his mates so we'll see how we get on then.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:36 pm

Transcontinental Tinder date, lola?

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