20 ways you know you’ve been in France too long…


20 ways you know you’ve been in France too long…

  1. You take 3-hour lunches on work days while indulging in wine unsparingly and think it’s a normal thing to do.
  2. You find yourself joining a demonstration – for the fun of it.
  3. You know your acquis sociaux and are ready to fight to protect them.
  4. You think watching debates on TV about the latest hot topic in the news is a pleasant way to spend your evening.
  5. You’ve come to like arguing about any topic and constantly interrupt other people when they speak.
  6. You are ready to queue at the bakery every morning to get your breakfast.
  7. You don’t laugh when a girl/woman introduces herself as Fanny.
  8. You get very anxious when you go abroad and can’t see a pharmacy within a 100 metres radius.
  9. Your friends tell you to meet in front of the Casino and you know they are referring to the supermarket.
  10. You don’t see any problem in logic with that fact that students in 6th grade of collège (secondary school) are younger than those in 4th grade.
  11. You refer to academic qualifications in terms like Bac+4 or Bac+8 and jobs as CDI or CDD and expect everyone to understand you.
  12. You can’t imagine that shops could be open on Sundays.
  13. You automatically kiss any friend, or friend of friends you don’t know on the cheek, even between men.
  14. You start saying ‘oh la la’ whenever something bad happened and ‘ah bon?’ when told something you didn’t know.
  15. You can’t envisage life without cheese.
  16. You respond to questions by shrugging your shoulders.
  17. You are surprised that shops are open over lunch.
  18. You don’t take work home with you.
  19. You can tell good from bad millésimes (vintages) for each wine region of France.
  20. You wouldn’t dream of buying non-French wine.

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Sweet Training Learning Consultancy Ltd. I'm about to open L'Union Bar in Paulmy, Loire Valley, France (37) in 2012 with my wife, Sandra.
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2 Responses to 20 ways you know you’ve been in France too long…

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  2. Judging by my responses, I’ve been in France to long….but then again, I don’t feel a burning ambition to leave!
    The only thing I’ve found difficulty getting used to is lunch at noon. I think it’s something to do with biorhythms and a lifetime of Scottish dinner-times at 1pm. I always feel I’ve not long finished breakfast if I eat at noon.

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