May 142009

(asked by db, the same as the previous question) What is the Gallic shrug ? Other than that, best blog yet, and quite true too. First of all, thanks for the kind word. Now, the Gallic shrug.First of all, I must underline that the Gallic Shrug “exists” only in the English speaking world, or should I say in the eyes of the English speaking world.I have never heard of the Gallic shrug in the mouth of people from other countries.Most [Read the rest]

May 102009

(asked by db from??? Maybe it’s the same David B than previously) I would like to know your opinion on France’s role in Algeria during the 1950s (actually during Algeria’s war for independence), as well as their previous occupation of the country since about 1860 and Napoleon III. (…) I feel like there’s enough America bashing for the moment, I’d like to see some France bashing too (although you did say that history books and teaching programs are biased the [Read the rest]

May 052009

(asked by David B. from Québec) I would like to know, what do the French really think of the Franco-Québécois, or even of the non-francophones from Quebec and Canada. Just to see as to how it differs from their overall and/or personal appreciation of that great American figure that is the college kid, the tourist, the expat, and their otherwise non as caricatural compatriots… Well, first you need to know that the French are fully aware that Franco-Québécois are very [Read the rest]