French Connection
#1
13-01-2013, 05:45 PM
There are huge cultural difference between France and the UK, despite being only 25 miles apart. I feel the urge to share some occasionally.

Today there 800,000 people along the Champ de Mars (next to the Eiffel Tower), protesting against gay marriages; Homosexuality is accepted here and also 'unions' performed by the Mayor, however, they say that marriage is an institution between man and woman dating back to Napoleonic times.

Would we Brits protest against gay marriages?
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#2
13-01-2013, 05:55 PM
I bet some people would. Maybe not on that scale though.
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#3
13-01-2013, 05:59 PM
As a country we have a bulldog image; well that was for a world war or two, when it really mattered. In general, we are a hugely apathetic bunch who, particularly under Conservative governments, become disenfranchised as nationalists.
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#4
13-01-2013, 06:03 PM
I'm not sure the question of homosexual marriages has anything to do with nationalism or Conservative governments Shrug
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#5
13-01-2013, 06:27 PM
No, that wasn't my point. Your question resonated with me on a wider point; whether Brits would get behind any issue like this. There are very few issues we would bother coming together for IMO. That gets worse under Tory governments and reduces nationalist (in the correct meaning of the word, not quasi-political racists) pride. Take the London riots as a city-state rebellion along those lines.
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#6
14-01-2013, 09:11 PM
(13-01-2013, 05:45 PM)ken66 Wrote: There are huge cultural difference between France and the UK, despite being only 25 miles apart. I feel the urge to share some occasionally.

Thankfully Ken only a very small part of France is only 25 miles away. Most of it is much further Wink

Being at war with each other for most of the last 700 years makes us very different.
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#7
14-01-2013, 09:13 PM
(14-01-2013, 09:11 PM)Soulfusion Wrote: Being at war with each other for most of the last 700 years makes us very different.

You and Ken or England and France?
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#8
14-01-2013, 09:14 PM (This post was last modified: 14-01-2013, 09:14 PM by Soulfusion.)
Mrgreen I'm not that old!
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#9
14-01-2013, 09:24 PM
You must be Steve, I'm 699 Mrgreen

And we aren't at war Keefa, I think Steve will agree, just good honest banter.Thup
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#10
21-01-2013, 10:01 AM (This post was last modified: 21-01-2013, 10:02 AM by ken66.)
So the latest from France sees all our local buses cancelled following heavy snow fall. Obviously because it's dangerous on the roads right? No, the real reason, explained on their website, is because people keep throwing snowballs at the buses Shrug
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#11
21-01-2013, 12:59 PM
Not like in England where they simply disguise the rock with a thin layer of snow!!
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#12
22-01-2013, 08:42 PM
The teachers in France our now on strike (again), because they want the students to go back at 2.15pm instead of 1.30pm. ATM pupils here go to school from 8.30 - 11.30am then 1.30 - 4.30pm. So as well as their 20 weeks a year holiday, the teachers really want close to 3 hours for lunch Wink
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#13
22-01-2013, 09:44 PM
I did realise that the French had siestas like the Spanish
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#14
22-01-2013, 10:32 PM
They don't, they just spend 2hrs necking red wine and chewing garlic. Wink
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#15
22-01-2013, 11:39 PM
Bloody teachers Whistle
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#16
22-01-2013, 11:50 PM
Well at least they are not doing it during class time Wink
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#17
23-01-2013, 02:46 PM
France sends a smelly one England's way...

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#18
23-01-2013, 07:45 PM
Yeah it's caused all sorts of problems here. I haven't smelled it here (yet), but it covered Paris yesterday Mrgreen

The problem is of course, if there is a genuine gas leak somewhere which could go unprotected.
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#19
30-01-2013, 03:11 PM
Ok today in France:

It is illegal here to have children through surrogate mothers, so some couples have travelled abroad to get children this way. The government have just announced a proposal that (if it goes through), will offer French nationality to these children. :WTF: Is it illegal or isn't it?
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#20
30-01-2013, 05:43 PM
Yes, but it's not the kid's fault?

Presumably his/her parents go to prison, but s/he gets a passport. Thup


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