IN a move that is sure to get them acres of newsprint two British authors have published a book titled 50 Reasons to Hate the French.
Journalist Jules Eden and copywriter Alex Clarke have trawled through a number of interesting sources to put together their book that believes the only way for France to improve is to follow the Brits.
Looking over the book’s website you will see there are quotes and comments that are little different to those that have been pedalled my satirists and comedians for many years.
Jules Eden writes:
For all the magnificence of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, for all the cultural joys of Debussy and Cézanne, for all the achievements of Joan of Arc and Napoleon, there just is something fishy about the French.
The desire to think better of the world only conceals reality, it doesn't change it. The reality of it, my reality as an Englishman in the twenty-first century, is that France and the French are different, and many of those differences are less than likeable. Around the world, animosity towards the French is still the dislike that dares to speak its name.
Whilst Alex Clarke plays the ‘good cop’ to his partner, writing:
The facts we lay out in this book highlight that difference. True, they're selective and slanted. I'm sure any French reader with all the humour, modesty and generosity of their nation will see that this book is intended as a gentle joke. And, yes, we could have looked at these differences and interpreted them in a different way to produce a book called 50 (or 500 or 5000) Reasons to Love the French. Then again, we wanted to produce something that would sell.
I’ll leave it up to you to explore the 50 Reasons to Hate the French.