Yeah, I really don’t like the French. There is not much I even like about their country. Sure, Paris has some cool things, and the battlefields of the Somme are in France, but really that’s about it for me. In all the times I have been to France, not once have I been treated nicely. I have been kicked off trains (for innocently getting on the wrong one) charged too much because they guy thought it was funny, laughed at for tripping (stupid, clumsy American was the exact comment) told I should travel as a Canadian because Americans aren't wanted and worst of all, stuck at a station for nearly 3 hours, in tears, on my own because no one would help me. I was only 23, travelling by myself and I was in Northern France in a small little village outside Arras. No one would help, even when I asked. I did, however, get a lot of mean looks, why don’t you speak the language comments and stupid American remarks. I, as an individual, should not be judged on the actions of my countries president. More than any other country in the world, and I have been to 36, I have never been treated so poorly or unfairly as I have been in France.
So when I came across these antidotes, I decided to print them. Both made me smile and both deserve to be shared.
1. A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, "well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."
2. A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'