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Old 01-11-2012, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Food: Around me (near Chicago) French bakery (mostly breads) is commonly found mixed amoung other bakery. There are a couple of French specific places I know of. French words are frequently used by stores (naming, advertising) to denote high quality or rich.
That isn't a Chicago thing, that's an English language thing.

Most of the English language changed with the Norman Invasion in 1066. The upper-classes were basically the French (in England), and they used the French language.

So, it's always had a more 'elegant' (pardon my French) sound to the French words....originating from around that time.
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:19 AM
 
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France: Way too many Moslems.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:39 AM
 
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I don't think throwing them up with the Nazis is appropriate at all. What happened in the Nazi regime was extreme in its rhetoric from the very beginning, and extreme in a very terrifying way. Throwing that comment out there is almost designed to shut down a conversation rather than any rational argument for the policies at hand. I should state that I am by no means a member or supporter of the NF.

I agree. Just ridiculous and insulting for nazis victims.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Hell
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I'm curious, what is the tax rate in France? And correct me if I'm wrong, France has completely free health care (including major surgeries) and completely free education (including universities)? When I say about completely free I meant you don't pay a cent. And is it also true that there's little room to move from job to job .... for example, after graduating from a university, the first job that you get will be the only job you will have the rest of your life?
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I heard that the people in Paris are rude.
I hear that a lot of people make their comments from no first hand experience.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In general., Americans regard French Cuisine as being "superior" to the cuisine of any other country. Any store that sells a prepared product that is described as "French" is trying to use that superiority as a selling point. Hence, French Bread is something special, above the level of simply American bread.

As for my personal experiences in France, I found the people to be no less hospitable and accommodating than anywhere else, and compared to most countries, I quite like France. The French language, historically, is of great importance and stature, perhaps exaggeratedly so from their own perspective, so France is the country where one is the least likely to encounter a bilingual person on a street corner. As a result, one's experience in France might hinge pretty much on one's ability and willingness to stumble through some rudimentary French, in order to make communications less problematic.

It can be very tiring to deal with people when you have no common language, and the French are perhaps weary of travelers who will not learn what they think is an "important language", just as Americans would be if we were flooded with tourists who could not speak any English at all.

Americans are fine ones, to complain about a French attitude of their own national superiority.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: southern california
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i love france lived there for 5 years. speak french.
but i prefer quebec for visiting.
i get treated better there.
as a whole, french dont like americans. if they say they do, watch out.
but its ok, i dont like most americans and i am one of them.
u r right about the french food, its great. and american women are not something to brag about,
but i still would not leave america again, no, not for the world.
sweetest words i ever heard after 5 years gone, said by us customs, welcome home huck.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: IL
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That isn't a Chicago thing, that's an English language thing.

Most of the English language changed with the Norman Invasion in 1066. The upper-classes were basically the French (in England), and they used the French language.

So, it's always had a more 'elegant' (pardon my French) sound to the French words....originating from around that time.
Excellent response Tiger beer, I have never studied the derivation of this.

Last night I was thinking about French food and thought, wow, I really dislike truffles, whether they are from France or China...especially at their crazy prices.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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In my view there is not one France, just like there is no one Germany or one Italy. With all countries of a certain size you have huge internal differences. NW France is quite different from the Mediterranean coast or Bordeaux for instance.
The NE is quite similar to SW Germany except for the language.

In my view France as a country is overrated, largely still profiting from its history just like other European countries.

Regarding people, it's like anywhere else, some are unfriendly, others are friendly...

All in all, I don't like France, one of the few countries in Europe that I have never even considered for relocation.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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One thing I like about France is that it is not as bourgeoisie as America and Germany.
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