Read the article through and attached bye lines and have to agree with 95 per cent of the content,sort of justifies me being here. Fletch.Thank you for this interesting and thought provoking article. While I agree with some of the writer's points, my overall feeling is that it's far too easy to compare the best of France with the worst of the Uk after having spent a holiday - albeit "cheaply" - in a château in the south of France. Yes to motorway tolls - if you can afford them week after week,yes the French countryside is lovely but so is a lot of England etc etc. And I am not convinced that all the French citizens living in London are solely there for financial reasons. There is a vitality and feeling of confidence in London that I haven't found in Paris. Different? - yes, better? depends what you are looking for.
True, but he should not be allowed to voice such a nonsense opinion in a quality newspaper. It is factually incorrect. He is simply talking cr&p. Judging by his other articles he seems to have a habit of it.There are many Frances. Just as there are many Englands. And all other countries. Everyone has a voice with which to relate their experience of the country they have spent time in and no one's opinion is less valid than the others.
Well, first of all the food is certainly not better in France than the UK. Apart from the 'odd restaurant' that is a myth. Uk supermarkets win hands down in in terms of variety, choice, presentation and the quality of meat is soooo much better. I know many French (many of which are kids) who have gone 'gluten' free because they have developed an intolerance to all the wheat based products sold in France. Everything seems to be processed. Not forgetting the fruit and veg (full of pesticides) which are usually past their prime before you get to the checkout. Further to that article, you will not get a 'good meal anywhere' in France. That is partially why Mcdos is HUGE in France. Furthermore, boil in the bag exists everywhere in France like the UK.I wasn't actually talking about him but the other voices which approved of his comments - people who live in France too. He was a tourist. However, I thought he had plenty of useful things to say - and he has some insight. One of the things which I really love about France is that it is "old school" - it is *a bit*like the UK thirty years ago - this is my opinion based on my admittedly limited experience of France. It still has unions, it still believes in respect for authority, you have to follow a strict code when writing a formal letter - there are a ton of things about France which are old school. Things which have been lost from the UK and to its detriment to some degree in my opinion. Plus there is no disputing that the food and the weather are much better in France - you can even eat Macdo if you really feel the need. But perhaps it would be useful if you would explain which bits you disagree with and why rather than lambasting the whole piece and therefore casting judgement on people who have enjoyed it.
Aren't you doing exactly what you are accusing the author of doing (judging based on a short trip) - after all, you haven't actually lived in the UK for many years?We were in the UK at Easter (first time in ages) and we all agreed that we would all have a better quality of life if we lived in the UK. Even education for the kids. (Little girl loved the idea of having a uniform). Life is a constant battle in France and it wears you out. In the UK life is simple and everything works. People smile. I suspect that is why thousands of French move to the UK and not for 'money' as that idiot who wrote that article believes. BTW, French wife thinks the countryside in the UK is beautiful and loves Scotland.
When you make such sweeping statements I'm pretty sure you don't have any data/statistics on which to base them, just your own purely anecdotal experience.He fails to mention that many if not most UK Brits can't speak French and don't integrate and thousands of Brits order their weekly shopping direct from Tescos in the UK and have it delivered to France.
There is a difference between personal opinion and fact EA. I speak from a middle aged two up two down point of view. France is a nightmare to live in with a family. He has never lived in France. When you get two French families together invariably the conversation will turn towards how difficult it is to live in France.Aren't you doing exactly what you are accusing the author of doing (judging based on a short trip) - after all, you haven't actually lived in the UK for many years?
When you make such sweeping statements I'm pretty sure you don't have any data/statistics on which to base them, just your own purely anecdotal experience.
What I'm saying is, you get mad because the article of the author writes what is essentially no more than an opinion peace and believe he shouldn't be allowed to in what you term a 'quality' (?!) newspaper, whereas you yourself have no qualms about publishing your personal opinions on this forum, which is read by people around the world and which many believe is a quality forum. Get my drift?
There is an old saying, "you can't go home again." Never really appreciated it until I lived for barely a full year in the UK and then went back "home" to California. Even in just one year away, things had changed to the extent that I felt like a stranger there. Lived for a couple years in Germany and (other than the work situation) thoroughly enjoyed it. Yet, we're headed for a long weekend in Germany soon, and the place has changed quite a bit since I last lived there.How many posts do you get about, banks, registering a car in France ect ect. It would take me two minutes to register my French car in the UK. and they would do it with a smile