to all things french, a raised glass!

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  1. Hypnospin

    Hypnospin New Member

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    the french have made so many contributions of class in the way of their culture and style it is time to recognize them amidst the increasingly unfashionable
    anti-france demeanor of some in the us.

    their culinary skills have influenced, if not defined contemporary cuisine and all it's variants. not to mention wine and cheese.

    an untiring patron and benefactor of modern cycling.

    a world scientific leader and innovator.

    maintaining a sense of national pride and indentitiy even through adversity.

    historical contributions to the revolutionary war were pivotal for the
    formation of the us.

    a government with the ideal of providing for the people without permitting an elite minority to control the system.

    a history of revolution and freedom. a national identity based on culture rather than military dominance.

    from skiing to sunbathing on the riviera, this is it.


    these are attributes to appeal to all across the broad spectrum of political belief, from progressive to conservative. let us put aside any short sighted predjudices and raise a toast from the right or left hand and give credit where it is due.


    "ain't never been there but i sure would like to go" -"mexico" james taylor
     
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  2. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    You missed some other good aspects of French culture :

    their rugby team is superb.

    French cinema (Louis Brunel) is superb also.

    The French philosophy and thought has been highly influential.
     
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    They bottle water (you know the stuff that come out of the tap) and sold it to the Americans.

    Need I say more

    More importantly they invented the bikini.
     
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    Don't forget: __ Fries, __ Kisses, __ whores (yeah I know fries are Belgian, but close enough)
     
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    "French Tickler" Don't forget the French Tickler!
     
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    French hygiene. Wasn't too long ago the French employed sootikin sweepers for public places...

    Fois gras.
     
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    McDonalds? KFC? - They're "Frenchises" :D
     
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    aaah, but it was the Brazilians who got the sizes right.
     
  9. EoinC

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    Which brings me to today's joke:
    GWB was at his morning meeting when the Defense Attaché for the South Amercan region reported that there had been an outbreak of fighting on the Paraguay border and 3 Brazilian soldiers had been killed. A pensive look came over Bush. "That's terrible news", he said. The Aides were impressed by his concern and sat waiting as Bush was lost in thought. After a while, he finally found the words - "How many is a Brazillion?"
     
  10. Hypnospin

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    ah yes, i thought of art and the Louvre after alsoo.
    add literature, and theatre, the existentialist novels and plays.
    i read camus as a teen.
    and the absurdist plays.

    and i should mention fashion, coutre and style. persol and vuarnet.

     
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    The only French that I have any regard for is The Arsenal football team.
    The French hate everyone and anything that isn't French, is it surprising that they are unpopular?
     
  12. Don Shipp

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    (Actually, some of their old writers were good, like Mollier and Dumas.)
     
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    do regard that the british royalty are descended from french blood!



     
  14. limerickman

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    Their literature is great : Dumas especially.
     
  15. Don Shipp

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    The old English aristocracy are decended from the Normans, who were Vikings (Norman = Norseman) living in France.
    The English Royals are Dutch and German, we cut the head off the last Frenchy.
     
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    Bourdon tube pressure gauge....
     
  17. Hypnospin

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    being a swede, i knew this olde english/viking connection,
    but they did reside in france.


     
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    Normans = Norse?

    this is news to me, i thought the Normans were of celtic stock, from Normandy.

    thats what i love about this website..you learn stuff...
     
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    Vive la France! :)
     
  20. Don Shipp

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    The Vikings raided the French coast until the French abandoned it, then the Vikings settled there. The Normans who invaded England in 1066 were third generation Norse Frenchmen.
     
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