It looks like the French have picked another winner!

Reading about the great job that Francoise Hollande is doing to the French economy I cannot say that I was surprised, in fact the right wing devil in me had a slight smile on it’s face.  It also had me reaching for my little black book of quotes.

To quote the Wall Street Journal regarding the French;  They’re always there when they need you.

As Remembrance Day approaches we must remember that we should not bear grudges but for the French we can always make an exception. . . . . . . . . . . . We used to say during WWII; Raise your right hand if you like the French.  Raise both hands if you are French.  Or next time there is a war in Europe the loser has to keep France.

Finally a story  . . . . . . . . An elderly British gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane.  At the French customs desk he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on bag.  “You have been to France before, Monsieur?”  The customs officer asked sarcastically.  The elderly man admitted that he had been in France previously.  “Then you should know enough to ‘ave your passport ready”  The pensioner replied “The last time I was here I didn’t have to show it”.  “Impossible! The British always have to show their passport en arrive en France”.  The man gave the Frenchman a long hard look, then quietly explained ” Well, when I came ashore on to the beach on D Day in 1944, I couldn’t find any f***ing Frenchmen to show it to”.

It may appear that I have no great love for the French but that isn’t so.  Some of my best holidays have been in France and have met some great people.  I just cannot remember a single French politician who would be worth peeing on if their hair were on fire.

About Jake

Long retired travel writer, author and freelance journalist. Educated at Wolverton Grammar and Greenwich Naval College. Happily married since 1958, with a married son and daughter, a married granddaughter and an adult grandson. Hobbies rock-climbing, dinghy racing and ocean racing. Still regularly working out in the gym.

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