John Crace reduces a myth-busting foray into the French psyche to a très drôle 600 wordsThere comes a time in the life of every person who has married a foreigner and lived abroad, when she feels the urge to write a book exposing the myths and stereotypes surrounding her adopted country, even though no one has taken them seriously for at least 30 years. So if you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen too many hommes wearing berets and stripy shirts and carrying strings of onions on their bicyclettes while you’ve been en vacances in the Dordogne, it’s because they are working as extras in Les Revenants.The French eat horses. So what if they do? The British do so as well, only they eat theirs in ready-prepared meals. The French also eat frogs’ legs, snails, badgers and voles. They would also mangent les giant pandas, tigers and coelacanths if they could get their mains on them. That’s what makes French cuisine arguably the best in the world. You can’t beat Chat Rôti à la Hollandaise sauce.The French are all always at it comme des lapins. If you’ve ever gone into a boulangerie in the morning and wondered why you’ve been …read more

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