French clichés about English people
English clichés about French people
Marcarie Yan /Calvo Thomas 1S3
We all have English clichés but where do they come from ?
There are no specific dates or stories about these clichés but we have some ideas
which come from hundred years’ war which opposed England and France.
A ) English cliches about French people
To begin with this presentation, we will outline the top seven of the English clichés about French people : Here are those clichés in descending order
7 – French people are dirty
According to English people, French don’t wash, they only use anti-perspirant deodorant. But, a recent study analysing the facts that French people do not perform pesonal essential tasks such as toiletry reveals that the clichés is absolutely wrong and stupid.
6- French people all wear berets, striped jerseys, have moustaches and French sticks in their hands
Nowaday, this specimen is very uncommon in France. You have more luck to meet a young man who wears a pair of jeans , a pull-over and « pumps ».
5-French people all smoke and drink
¼ of the French population smoke, and smoking among young people is decreasing !
As for drinking , that must be true, but not more than for the English people !
4. French women all dress like fashion models
The idea that all French women dress well is widely spread. Many French women are interested in fashion and like to be elegant, but it’s far from being true for all of them. Most French people buy their clothes in H&M stores or Zara store and wearing clothes from brands like Dior or Chanel remains a dream for many.
3 -French people drink wine all the time
That one is true for some people. Wine is often served with food and every celebration goes with wine. There is also a whole drinking etiquette that you are supposed to follow. Yet, younger people tend to prefer cheap alcohol and you will rarely see people drinking wine in bars. Wine is still considered as a “classy” drink, something you should enjoy and not simply an alcohol you drink to get wasted.
2 – French people eat snails and frogs
Sure, if you go to Paris, you will see plenty of restaurants offering snails and frogs. These restaurants are touristic restaurants and they try to give the food the foreign tourist are expecting. Yet, these are things French people rarely eat. If you live with a French family for a few days, you will see that French people probably eat the same food as you do.
1 – French people complain all the time
There are regularly strikes in France. But it’s hard to say whether it is because French people complain more than other people, or because they are less afraid to fight for their rights. One thing is certain though, French people are not afraid to say what they think and complain whenever something doesn’t make them happy.
B ) French clichés about English people
Now, we can see the French clichés about English people ! Like the last, that will be a top seven ! Descending order.
7 -They all are football fans
On saturdays, they all go to the football stadium and they sing like « You’ll never walk » alone or the football song of Liverpool « God save the queen », and they eat fish’n’chips.
6 – They all dressed like Charlie Chaplin
English people have a querky style of dressing (with a bowler hat, a moustache, with jacket and tie and a walking stick in the hand)
5 – English people drink tea
It’s tea time ! That’s the favourite English expression. All English people wait for tea time every day.
4 – They beat us at sport most times
In rugby the crunch is often won by the English players, unfortunately. They created football , rugby, tennis, they are just better than us even if we love to say that we will destroy the « rosbifs » !
3 – They live in brick houses
It’s true, when we think about english houses, we must imagine a smal red brick house, with a little garden in the front , and a big chimney with a slate roof because indeed in England, all roofs are black !
2 – They got a picture of the queen
We imagine, in the red brick houses with slate roofs, a picture of the queen of England ! Which can be on top of the television or the fireplace, they must have the Queen in the house ! We imagine, too, they sing « God save the Queen » in the evening !
1 -They eat everything
For us, they eat beans in the morning, vinegar chips, pudding, jelly and lot of disgusting food.