Helpful French

Evening AirFrance flight to Stockholm. Uranus secures a seat by the window. Other passengers find their seats, the French frowning and pushing and the foreigners politely interacting with the rest. An Indian-Swedish couple turns out and cannot contain their disappointment when they read that they have been assigned seats separated by the isle and one passenger. They try to find space for their luggage, but the overhead compartments are full. The Indian-Swedish lady asks the AirFrance flight attendant for help, in an extremely polite way: "I cannot find space for my bags...", and the attendant barks: "And what can I do????!!!!????".

Without enough space to stretch her legs, the troubled passenger girl tries to accommodate under a mountain of bags wihile her (I assume) boyfriend stands until a French 40-something idiot shows up:

-This is my seat.
-Would you mind Sir swapping seats? We would like to sit together and better distribute our bags.

They turn to the other side of the isle and ask another passenger who could help them:

-Would you mind Sir swapping seats? We would like to sit together and better distribute our bags.

Adding insult to injury, after the two Indian-Swedish partners have sat separated by the isle and the French idiot, the latter stands up, approaches the AirFrance hostess and asks her to find him space for his bag since the overhead compartments are full. The flight attendant takes the bag and stores in a compartment by the first row.

When I landed in Stockholm, my first look goes to a Radisson advertisement: "How would we say no to you?".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another example of the ignorant, racist French. France and the French are examples of how not to be in life. One really does need to live here to fully understand just how unpleasant they really are.

Keep up this blog Uranus, it keeps me sane in this lunatic asylum of a country.

I am so glad that I was not born French.

Rule Britannia

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am self-employed and until recently worked for a French company as an Agent Commercial. In my experience I have found that the French that I have worked with are very lazy, dishonest, unhelpful, in fact they go out of their way to make life difficult for others. As far as my ex-boss is concerned, he never paid on time, usually 2-3 months late and when he did it was like he was giving me a gift!!!

As you can probably surmise I am sick and tired of this excuse for a counrty and I am in the process of returning to Britain which, after living in this shit-hole called La France, will be a delight too exquisite to describe in mere words. Crooked President, lazy bureaucrats, crippled economy. The message is loud and clear - get out while you still can!!!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Kill them all !! Kill them all !!


10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha ha, hey Andy you're terribly violent. Du calme!

Something similar happened to me and family with Airfrance in our 14- hour flight to Asia.

When we checked in our baggage, we POLITELY asked the counter hostess if we can have my son's poussette with us because we needed it for our 8- hour stop- over in Japan. "It's not a problem, madame" she said (it's an umbrella poussette, so not bulky anyway. But if she said no, surely we would not insist).

After 20 minutes in the queue for boarding, the stewardess at the entrance of the plane stopped us. She told us to "DEGAGE" the poussette because it is simply not allowed inside. We told her (POLITELY) that just some minutes ago, the counter hostess okayed for it, otherwise we could have checked in it too. She insisted (like an irritated IMPOLITE freak) that we should get rid of that thing before we can board the plane (believe me, this really happened). Surely, she didn't mean it, did she?

After several minutes of argument, my hubby losing his patience, told the stewardess in a VERY cold voice, "let me talk to the commandant. And I mean, now!!!"

Aha, so those were the magic words. Speechless, she quickly grabbed the poussette from my hand and kept it somewhere (I dunno where but obviously they had the space for it).

Still "cold" as she was during the 14- hour flight, she handed to us the poussette without saying a word when we exited from the plane.

Quelle arrogance!!!

And by the way, it was not our first time to travel with a stroller. It's attended to with open arms, unfortunately though not in Airfrance.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...


5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember an English woman relating a true story to me a couple of years ago.

About 8 or nine years ago she moved to France. One of the things she had to do was re-register her car here. The prefecture she had to contact was in La Roch sur Yonne in the Vendee.

She attempted to get information over the phone but no-one was being helpful, quelle surprise!!!

In all she made 12 visits over a period of 3 months and each time she presented herself to the prefecture they decided that they required an additional piece of information or a document that didn't exisit in th UK administration. All in all it was a nightmare for her.

One day she was relating the saga to her French neighbour who also doidn't like the administration in France and he volounteered to accompany her on her next visit to the prefecture.

When they arrived the same thing ensued "We need additional information" The french neighbour exploded ans told them to stop wasting his friends time and after all the car was a righthand drive model of a French car made in France, so what was the problem?

Guess what after someone had bawled out the fonctionaire the re-registration was done immediately, there and then. Draw whatever conclusions you wish from this example. I like, Rule Britannia, have had enough of this third world country with its dissatified uncivil servants, the ridiculous social charges and general rudness and am returning to Wales the counrty of my birth. The pace of life there is as slow as rural France but the people are plus sympat.

To all those who are staying here - BON COURAGE - you'll need it!!!


5:44 PM  
Blogger Angela in Europe said...

And who says the French aren't helpful! My favorite thing is when there is an 80 year old woman standing on the metro and some good-for-nothing french MAN is sitting in a chair and doesn't offer it to the women. I expect this behavior from a teenager, but when a 30ish year old man sits and doesn't even offer his seat to an old lady that not only irritates me, but also reveals a hell of a lot about the french culture.

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there Uranus, here's something that I plucked from the BBC news website. It says rathere a lot about our French hosts. It also warns that you cannot trust a French person as far as you can throw them. Beware my friends there maybe a corbeau near you now or someone French maybe planning la delation against you as you read this comment.

Enjoy reading the article it explains a lot about the French mentality to me.

Britannia rules.

The French Government has been badly rattled by a corruption scandal known as the Clearstream affair in which senior politicians were accused, falsely, of having secret bank accounts. The origins of the scandal lie in defamatory letters sent to a judge by a mystery informant, and when it comes to anonymous tip-offs, the French have it down to a fine art.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
The PM was accused of ordering a smear campaign against a rival

The best vintage film rental shop in Paris, the estimable Videosphere by the Luxembourg Gardens, was unable to supply me last week with either of its two copies of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1943 classic, Le Corbeau.

The film is inspired by events that took place in the town of Tulle after the World War I.

Life was turned upside down by a series of anonymous letters accusing prominent citizens of illicit love affairs.

The letters were signed "l'oeil de tigre" (the eye of the tiger) and the woman who sent them was eventually unmasked.

But when Clouzot made the film 20 years later, he changed the signature to Le Corbeau (the crow) and that is the word that has now entered the language to mean an anonymous and ill-intentioned informant.

Anyway, as the staff at Videosphere explained, a film which normally languishes for years on end on the shelves is suddenly back in hot demand.

France has been agog these last weeks to establish the identity of a new crow - the one who has lit a slow fuse under the government with his or her allegations of secret commissions and illicit offshore accounts.

Anonymous tip-offs

Letters, files and books stacked high
Anonymous letters and tip-offs are nothing new

It is not my intention here to go into the detail of the so-called Clearstream scandal, not least as it is so layered in lies and confusion as to be utterly unintelligible.

Suffice to say that it is good to see back in the headlines our old friend Monsieur le Corbeau and to remind ourselves of his many antecedents.

France actually has a word for the work of the corbeau: la delation, from the Latin delation.

In Roman times, a delator was an official who told the administration what tax money was owing, but the sense changed to mean informant or grass.

The practice of delation was widespread in the latter days of the French monarchy.

This was when kings would distribute their infamous "lettres de cachet" - orders for individuals to be locked up in the Bastille - often on the basis of anonymous tip-offs.

The system helped stoke the fires of the revolution, which of course brought informing to wholly different levels.

Unsolved murder

The heyday for French corbeaux, however, was much more recent: World War II.

A recent documentary claimed that an astonishing three million anonymous letters were sent to the German and Vichy powers denouncing neighbours as Jews, Communists, resistance members, profiteers or petty criminals.

The Germans themselves were said to be shocked by the extraordinary propensity of people to shop their fellow citizens.

Incidentally, after the war, Clouzot's film Le Corbeau was banned until 1969 because it was assumed to have been a comment on this stain on the nation's honour.

As the Clearstream affair shows, when a corbeau wants to act, he knows how to do it

Later, there was the 1984 murder of a four-year-old boy who became known as "le petit Gregoire".

Famously, the day after he was killed, his father received a corbeau letter saying: "I hope you die of grief. Money won't get your son back. This is my revenge."

No-one knows who sent the letter, and the crime remains unsolved.

And lest you think that I am talking about an isolated or purely historical phenomenon, let me quote a recent article in Le Monde, which said that every year the authorities still receive hundreds of anonymous denunciations, often of neighbours accused of dodging the taxman, or of illegally claiming benefits.

Dishing the dirt

It would be silly, of course, to pretend that France is alone in this, and in any case the line is fine between morally reprehensible delation on the one hand, and on the other, the duty to bring to light actual crimes.

To rebut the charge that delation is a national French characteristic, they could point to Britain's neighbourhood watch schemes and say they are a kind of snoopers' charter.

Nonetheless, the figure of the corbeau and the very word delation feature in the public consciousness in France in a way that they do not elsewhere, which prompts thoughts as to why.

The charitable answer - the one the French like to give - is that they are a Latin nation and they have always had a problem with authority, so it is hard for people to go publicly to the police with suspicions against their neighbours.

Possibly. But it prompts the rejoinder that in other Latin countries people have not been quite so diligent at anonymously dishing the dirt.

Perhaps it is to do with the nation's chronic instability, which means that people have little faith that the institutions of justice will work, so they give a little push for themselves?

Or is it a question of social relations? Is the frosty politeness with which people behave towards their neighbours a cover for festering resentments that need an outlet?

Like so much else in France, la delation is not what it used to be and that is a good thing.

But as the Clearstream affair shows, when a corbeau wants to act, he knows how to do it.

There is precedent and there is procedure.

No-one is that shocked or surprised when the crow caws.

From Our Own Correspondent was broadcast on Saturday, 3 June, 2006 at 1130 BST on BBC Radio 4.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought for the day - THE IGNORANCE OF FRENCH SOCIETY GIVES ONE A ROUGH IDEA OF THE INFINITE - I think that just about sums it up!

Britannia rules

4:25 PM  
Blogger Uranus said...

Thank you all for your interesting comments. Again, sad to see for the world, but good to know for my sanity, that I am not alone in suffering the remains of a culture of losers and collaborators ("corbeaux"? I like the word!).

I have been away for a few days sailing, trying to escape from the French, I will post something tomorrow.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an Italian saying that really does describe the French short-sighted, stupid, Ground Hog Day mentality we unfortunate foriegn residents of must suffer each day. It goes like this:

The Italians are wise before the event, the Germans in the event and the French after the event.

Now haven't we all experienced this whilst living here?


1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi ewan,

so the french are wise afteall??

anybody agrees??

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone can be wise after the match is finished, even the French. There's no challenge the, the challenge is preparing for and executing during the match.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fear that the irony of the Italian saying may have been lost on you. Wisdom and being French are mutually exclusive qualities if you think that being French is a quality, albiet an extremely bad quality.

Another saying for you, this time from Germany;

"The friendship of the French is like their wine, exquisite but of short duration"


2:18 PM  
Anonymous Dutch Papa said...


Man just keep posting!!! you inspire us!! :-)

Uranus, such a detailed post as yours is like a picture, an inside of Frenchies showing us the lack of common sense, the trash they have as brain, the shit on their heads... this people are described simple: STUPIDS!!! and all posts in this blogs show this... not a big surprise...

Me as a temporal inmigrant in France working for my company, had not the chance to pick up the places they would send me, but I can tell you that the inmigrants in this SHIT country are the ones that keep this Frenchie economy floating.... you just have to do everything by your own, cuz Frenchies by nature are evil, so they will try to hurt you.. so you have to put them to fight each other, so they will not put you attention... I am lucky I can go home every weekend my hometown by train, so another trick for Frenchies is promesing them to bring them to Amsterdam to smoke in a Coffe-shop.... such a stupid Frenchies!!!!

Uranus, keep posting


Hannover Rules!!! and Brighton Rules!!!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone.

I have found another example of French "Helpfulness" on the BBC news website. I think we all agree that the French must be one of the most altruistic nations on planet Earth?

France fined for deporting Jews
The "Wall of Names" inaugurated in Paris in 2005 which shows names of those deported
Between 1942 and 1944, some 76,000 French Jews were deported
France's government and state railway have been ordered to pay compensation for deporting Jews during World War II.

The case was brought by people whose relatives were taken by train to a transit camp at Drancy near Paris during the Nazi occupation of France.

More than 75,000 French Jews were transported from the camp to death camps in Germany.

A court in Toulouse found the French state and the rail firm SNCF had been complicit in crimes against humanity.

The government and SNCF have been ordered to pay compensation of 60,000 euros ($80,000, £43,000) to the family.

Campaigners have called it a landmark decision, but the SNCF says it plans to appeal.

The court recognised that these were not the actions of individuals or of some collaborator or another but the responsibility of the state
Alain Lipietz

"I'm amazed by the ruling. I can't understand it," a lawyer acting for SNCF said.

Yves Baudelot said the company could not be held responsible because it had been forced to cooperate with German occupying forces during the war.

"The SNCF had no choice. The (Nazis) told the SNCF by letter that they had to do everything the German authorities wanted, and if someone refused, they would be shot," he said.

That argument has been accepted by judges in previous cases, who ruled that the SNCF had been commandeered by German forces during the war.


The case was brought by Alain Lipietz, a member of the European Parliament, and his sister, Helene.

They told the court how their father and several other relatives were rounded up in Toulouse in mid-1944 and put on a train to Drancy.

President Chirac has acknowledged France's role in the deportations

Mr Lipietz, whose father and another relative survived, described the ruling as "historic".

"It is the first time in history that the state and the SNCF as such have been condemned. The court recognised that these were not the actions of individuals or of some collaborator or another but the responsibility of the state," he said.

Records show that the SNCF billed the French state for the journeys and carried on demanding money for the transfers even after France had been liberated.

Mr Lipietz said the judgement was recognition that the wartime state and its railways had done rather more than what had been asked of them by the occupiers.

The subject of France's wartime conduct is still a taboo in much of the country, the BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Paris says.

President Chirac's recognition in 1995 of France's role in deporting its Jews helped heal some of the rawer wounds - and made the judgement possible, our correspondent says.

Interesting reading huh? Liberte, egalite, etc,. unless you are Jewish or just not French!

Britannia rules

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the news yesterday on MSNBC.com.

I love the argument of the SNCF lawyer: we cannot be held responsible of nazi crimes if we just collaborated...

This is the very French psyche.

As the victim says: ' the French state and its railways had done rather more than what had been asked of them by the occupiers'...


10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q: How can you tell when a Frenchie is dead?

A: You can't! They stink to high heaven dead or alive!

Not a Frenchie

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Dutch Papa said...


It's juts INSANE the BBC's WWII text!!! RULE BRITANNIA... thanks !!!

STUPID FRENCHIES!!! ONE day you will go to US and your ASSES will be kicked SUCKERS!!!!!!!
your fucking country, your fucking ugly face, your fucking city!!!! Yeah, I am here to make you work as my fucking slaves SUCKERS!!!!!

btw, kiss my ass!!!!

Mr T

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sorry for not updating the blog. I have tried twice, but the Blogger.com authoring tool was down.

Maybe the French have something to do with this? Boycott, greve, lazyness... ?

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Tony said...

Hello, bunch of jealous embittered whiners !

Why France?

Here http://manyyearsinthemerde.blogspot.com/ you'll find in-depth articles covering some of the many reasons France is such a great place to live.

Examples include:
* Best health care in the world
* Anyone who lives in France for more than 3 months can be covered by French health insurance.
* NO exlusion for pre-existing conditions with French medical coverage!
* Excellent infrastructure
* Good Public Transportation
* Excellent FREE public schools
* France recognizes gay, lesbian, and unmarried couples for social benefits.
* Almost no handguns!
* France does not have a "keep up with the Joneses" culture.
* The French people are very nice and have great manners.
* A French friend is a REAL friend.

Enjoy !

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Dutch Papa!! said...


for your post:
The French people are very nice and have great manners.
* A French friend is a REAL friend.

I can see you have win the award to THE greatest IDIOT EVER!!!! I can smell SHIT on you head, and I can smell you are such a stupid... pls, do not never ever post again if you are gonna post this kind of SHIT!!! heehehe Man, have you read the rest of the post!!! Uranus has proved how UNPOLITE, FAKE and EVIL Frenchies-Wannabies are!!!!

Come´on, go home take a shower, take a drink, call friends sorry them cuz you are a sucker and place a gun on your head and make us a favor a blow your fucking brian..nobody will miss you sucker!!!!



Mr T

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: A jealous, embittered whiner (sic)

To: A creepy Francophile sycophant!

* Best health care in the world

I pay 350Eu per month for health care in France, I expect it to be the best at that price!

* Anyone who lives in France for more than 3 months can be covered by French health insurance.

Only if you are salaried not if you are self-employed, check it out!

* NO exlusion for pre-existing conditions with French medical coverage!

I should think not at that price!

* Excellent infrastructure

The highest taxes and social charges in Europe, the infrastructure should be damn good!

* Good Public Transportation

Paid for by the rest of us, it doesn't happen by accident.

* Excellent FREE public schools

The French education system teaches by rote, it's a passive one-way system of learning it's about memorising not learning. You teach chimpanzees that way. That explains a few things about the French lack of imagination.

* France recognizes gay, lesbian, and unmarried couples for social benefits.

So what? Who cares?

* Almost no handguns!

The most unaccountable and uncontrolled, oppressive police force in Western Europe.

* France does not have a "keep up with the Joneses" culture.

Tell me about these French Joneses!

The French are too slow to keep up with anything anyway.

* The French people are very nice and have great manners.

What cave do you live in?

* A French friend is a REAL friend.

I think you mean - "A French friend is a REALLY difficult thing to find!

Are you by any chance French? Or are you just an ass-kissing apologist for the French?


1:48 AM  

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