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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

There May Yet Be Hope For Europe

An encouraging survey released in France a few days ago demonstrates that Europeans are still capable of rational discernment and reasoned judgment, so maybe there's hope left afterall:

Language, history, cooking and support for rival football teams still divide Europe. But when everything else fails, one glue binds the continent together: hatred of the French.

Why the French are the worst company on the planet, a wry take on France by two of its citizens, dredges up all the usual evidence against them. They are crazy drivers, strangers to customer service, obsessed by sex and food and devoid of a sense of humour.

But it doesn't stop there, boasting a breakdown, nation by nation, of what in the French irritates them.

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"

But the knockout punch to French pride came in the way the poll was conducted. People were not asked what they hated in the French, just what they thought of them.

Yes, if Europeans can come to consensus on something as fundamental as this, it might a) fatally undermine the EU--socialism's last, best hope, and b) betoken a new age of pro-American sanity on The Continent. Who knows? We might even get European countries to start deporting muslims!


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