Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top 10 Cliches About French Women

Do I look French? Seriously?

Just by crossing the Channel, a French woman will discover that she is supposed to have some attributes that she didn't even know she had. Fighting such cliches is simply of no use -I have been trying to do it for the last 10 years, and it didn't work. At least, now, French women will be warned. So, here is the list:

1. Your French accent is sexy. 
Seriously? How unfair! I happen to be brought up in France, hence the accent. I did absolutely nothing to get such an accent. I used to be able to drive trains: how sexy is it? Come on, give me a break.

2. French women are stylish. 
Even if you forgot to comb your hair and are wearing your torn denim trousers that happened to be on top of the pile this morning when you woke up?
Get over it: you are stylish. 
Right, no need to change my T-shirt then.

3. French women are sex goddesses with a complicated love life. This will be the cause of endless quid pro quos, with colleagues noticing that you look tired that day, and wondering whether you had a good night (wink wink). 
Come on, it is not because the French president is a jerk that we French spend all nights fooling around with everything that moves. Please. I am tired because I have two young children. End of.


4. It is fine to confide in a French woman about your sex and relationship issues. Because she is French, she will understand. She will not judge you. 
Well, Darling, I really don't want to know. Too much information. Got to go! Bye!

5. As you are French, I am reminding you that drinking alcohol during lunch is forbidden. You can get sacked if you do. There will be random tests.
Random test me all you want, you condescending a***, I don't drink during work. Never have. Never will.

6. Innocent face from a random guy. Then: Do I know you from somewhere?
No you don't. And let me give you a quick French lesson. Do you know how we say 'to take a rebuttal' in French? It is called 'se prendre un rateau', which literally means 'to take a rake'. And you still don't know me.

7. French women smoke.
Well, I don't.
Of Course you do: you are French.
No, I don't.
Here is a present: an ashtray. How wonderful!
Where is the bin?

8. French women don't shave their legs

Please. Of course they do.
I assure you, I used to have a French girlfriend.
Yeah right. It must have been a long time ago. Did they tell you that WW2 is over?

9.  French women don't get fat.
Really? How come I didn't know. Why do I need to go to the gym then?
I really don't know how you do it.

How about you stop stuffing your face with a bacon sandwich at every possible opportunity to start with?

10. (French) women can't drive
Well, no comments. I bumped into a police car yesterday (trying to avoid a car coming towards me). I probably am the wrong person to argue on this one...That said, I duly reported the incident.



32 comments:

  1. I can't comment on this subject as I need to do much more research. However I am very confident on my research approach!! Not sure about the French accent as the Irish accent is amazingly popular at the moment but fashions can change. The world can be such a fickle place!!

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    1. So true, David, so true. That said, the cliches on French women have been around for a long, long time...

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  2. Expat in Lyon6 March 2014 01:00

    Very funny post indeed!

    I'm Italian, I currently live in France after having lived in several European countries including the UK.
    All nationalities are subjected to the same stereotypes when living in a foreign country. Some of the comments made to you are applicable to Italian women as well (the sexy accent, the sense of style, the flirting attitude). We are also subjected to other less flattering remarks such as our mafia connections, our useless politicians, our dislike for rules.
    I heard it all regardless the location, Germany, Ireland, the UK and France is no different. "Vous avez un petit accent Madame? C'est très charmant!" " Est ce que vous mangez toujours des spaghettis à midi?" "Berlusconi c'est une honte pour l'Italie".
    And the Brits living in France are not getting away from the stereotypes thrown at them either.

    What I'm trying to say is that national stereotypes are hard to fight against. And it is not just a French vs British thing. Some comments are actually more pleasant to hear than others. I understand that you are tired of being subjected to the same stupid remarks over and over again but it's a small price to pay when living in a different country.

    My homemade solution is to educate my Franco-Italian daughters to embrace cultural differences and to fight against stupid stereotypes.

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    1. I think that you found the right solution. As for me, well, I just go with the flow. i don't even try to educate them any more. It is not worth it. I just politely nod.

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  3. Ha! Love this post. Thanks for clearing that all up.

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  4. Very funny. Many people over here assume all Brits are sophisticated. Haha, we know better, what?

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    1. we do...It is funny what the differences between reality and perception can be, right?

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  5. I heard that French women swear a lot. Probably while smoking in the bathtub and laughing with a sexy accent at their hairy legs ;)

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    1. I totally need to try this! How come I hadn't heard about it before?

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  6. About the smoking thing, my colleagues are even more specific , saying we smoke Camel cigarettes! What is that all about?? I also don't get the fact that the French accent is supposed to be sexy, but I will accept the compliment no problem :-)

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    1. Well, I have to say that, after a few years, being told that your accent is 'sexy' becomes slightly annoying when you are just trying to work...

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  7. "Do I look French? Seriously?" : let's list the 10 clichés of English women as they are they are seen from France and I would say : you definitely do not look English :)

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    1. Bonjour Nathalie! Hmmm...I happen to have a British passport now. That said, I don't know where I belong any more.

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  8. Well, that's all very disappointing!! There's nothing like a good cliché.

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  9. I think British accents are sexy. I know many who Americans feel this way. So rest assured, the French are not alone!

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    1. I could do with a few Americans telling some British acquaintances that their accent is sexy. Please send some over!

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  10. Oh well, there's something I do know. French women are good writers haha :)....

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    1. Thank you, Rohit...Well, some of them are, I hope!

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  11. Truth be told, almost any language that someone isn't used to hearing comes across as a bit sexy... except German. lol And let's face it, at least here in the States, we've had the opportunity to hear Bridget Bardot & Leslie Caron; 'nuff said. :-)

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    1. Really? All languages? The thing is, Mitch, I can assure you that in French not all accents are sexy. Oh No!

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  12. Fun post! I'm French too and hear some of those here in the U.S. Before living in the U.S., I was living in Canada. Now I get cliche's about being Canadian.! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed the read.

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    1. Merci Jeanne! So, tell us, what are the cliches about being Canadian. Are you from Quebec by any chance?

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  13. You definitely look Italian, Muriel, did you know Italian women do not shave their legs either? I am Swiss, I start off my day with yodeling and finish it by eating fondue or raclette. No bags of money in the bank vaults though :-(
    Hilarious post, love your biting sense of humour! And happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Seriously, what would we do without cliches? I sometimes wonder...

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  14. That sexy French accent is probably on a par with the posh British one, so everyone in America thinks that we sound like Prince Charles. Or presumably Princess Anne, although she gets mentioned less often. Baffling, I call it.

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    1. It is baffling, isn't it? Maybe cliches just reassure people. What would we do without them?

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  15. Humorous post. Misconceptions are rife. I had a French roommate who was certainly more stylish than the Brits. Call it a natural flare, the same as Latinos have for dancing. I'm British in the US. I have a sexy accent, know the Royal family, am welcome in the best of homes, am considered posh, a lady, refined, an inveterate tea drinker (which I am), and honest??? If I'd wanted I could have been a great con artist (note Amy Adams' supposedly English accent in American Hustle). Cliches can be annoying but flattering; they distinguish you from the rest of the pack.

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    1. Cliches do distinguish you. I wonder whether it is a good thing though...Frankly, after 10 years over here, I have had enough...

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  16. Hello Muriel! I do think French is a beautiful language, but far too difficult for me to learn. :/
    I know only a few French women, and they are all lovely and don't smoke and shave their legs! I think you are on to something here. ;)

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    1. Well, I am glad that you have met 'normal' French women. Because you are right, some of us are perfectly normal. hard to believe, but true...

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