We all know France is great and the french a wonderful people. In fact we know it and hear it a little bit too much. The wine, the cheese, the city of love, the Eiffel tower, the croissants, the women, the freedom. Yeah, you get our point. And to balance it out some what, here are 10 not so great things about France. (Actually written by a Frenchman, so direct you anger towards him in the comments
1. The French and the English language
If you go to France, write down all questions you might need. Then, try to find French who do know a few words and stick to him! He is one of a kind.
2. Paris! Beautiful and Unwelcoming
Paris is well known for its beauty but also the city has won several prices for being the less welcoming city in the world
3. Dog shit everywhere, myth?
This is one of the greatest social problems in Paris: dog shit on the streets
Parisians expect the government to clean up the dog shit for them.
4. Always with the striking
Not much to say about that…every year, SNCF´s (national railway company) strikes cost over 8 billion Euros to tax payers
5. Le Baguette
98% of the entire French population eats baguette everyday!
6. City traffic
The French have been named the worst drivers, but attempting to negotiate the chaotic roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe is so entertaining.
7. Movie Dubbing
If you travel to France, do not even dare to turn on the TV, or you might hear Harrison Ford speaking French’
8. Striking 2.0
In the autumn of 2005 the suburbs of Paris burned with anger at racism and poverty. Soon that rage spread across France and led to the most prolonged rioting the country had ever seen.
“Proud and Arrogant”
If you ask people around the world to put together two adjectives describing French and you will get “proud and arrogant”. As an example, most of the French has never put a foot on the US soil, still they know all about it…
10. Wine, culture?
Of course one of the most popular French drinks is le vin, or wine.
- 50 liters of wine per year per habitant
- 40% of the population drinks wine daily