A couple of French dudes surveyed the rest of Europe, asking them for 5 words to describe the French. Unsurprisingly, it apppears the rest of Europe hate the French. Money quote:
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”.
[My favorite] Interestingly, the Swedes consider them “disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty”.
I feel a bit better about my rather intense dislike of all things French (except for French bread, French toast, French fries, and shaved French women) since I now have proof it’s not an outgrowth of my ultra-right-wing, pro-America-damn-the-world, theocratic idealogy. If the Europeans hate the French, then it must be because the French have some truly detestable quality about them.
If I were to describe the French in 5 words it would be: prissy, haughty, ungrateful, shallow, and untrustworthy. Share your own if you want. I think this also calls for a new poll.
UPDATE: I posted a rather large comment explaining this post and responding to comments.
(via The Corner)