The French, despite their peculiarities with cars and aircraft, have managed to perfect almost every aspect of the culinary arts.
Although sadly Parisiens have yet to even consider the joys of customer service. And their Government are coming up with the most ludicrous traffic laws you can imagine. Got a motorcycle made earlier than 2004? From July you won't be able to take it into the centre of town and it will also be illegal to travel in France without carrying a breathyliser, (Yes, YOU have to carry it, not the police). Failure to carry said item will result in an on the spot fine. If you don't have the money the police will drive you to an ATM to get it, and if you still can't get it they'll impound your vehicle. They are also making filtering, (I think you guys call it lane splitting), illegal.
About 3 weeks ago 90,000 French bikers bought the country to a standstill in protest at their Governments draconian approach to my favourite form of transport. That's one thing you have to hand to the French, when they don't like something they make a fuss about it.
I love the French for their peculiarities and, at the same time, can't stand them for their arrogance.
As an additional aside to Jerome's comment about French food, I think the Italians produce FAR better food than some of the slop I've been served up all over France and the Belgians produce far and away the best, and most varied, lagers in Europe with us Brits winning the Ale event by a country mile. The French might just produce the best wine but even that's arguable, there are some great Italian and Spanish wines and outside of Europe, the good ole USA gives them a run for their money as do the Aussies, the South Africans and several South American wines! It's only the French that believe they produce the best of everything!
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