Haut Français Hypocrisie

Many of the French people simply cannot comprehend why people from many other nations deem them to be irrelevant, when the subject of their nation and culture comes up in a conversation.

Even when the head of the IMF and a potential candidate for the French Presidency gets arrested for rape of a hotel chambermaid, 60% of the population surveyed stated they believe the man was set up. In their mind, it was some contrived plot to keep any serious contender in the Socialist Party from having a chance to beat Sarkozy in the next election. These are likely the same people who think that Americans are paranoid and irrational when it comes to the guarded attitude we have been forced to adopt, after the attacks of 9/11.

If that isn’t enough to make you want to roll your eyes, here’s another little piece of irony courtesy of the French media. (Courtesy of No Pasaran)

From the Le Monde article they quote:

“Connaissez-vous Ayn Rand ? Votre serviteur, jusqu’à récemment, n’en avait jamais entendu parler.”

I don’t speak French but the Google Translator translates:

“Do you know Ayn Rand? Your servant, until recently, had never heard of.”

Then, after a couple of days reading up on Rand, the writer of the hit job goes on to slam Ayn Rand based on a Slate article. Here is the part of that article quoted by this faux journaliste:

“An always informed friend indicated to us an impressing article of the Scot Johann Hari, published on the American site Slate on November 2, 2009. Its title: “The perverse charm of a disturbed woman, or how Ayn Rand became an American icon”. The outrageous heading had been thought. Made checks, it is undoubtedly in on this side reality.”

Now, one can debate Rand on the basis of her philosophy if they wish, but it always helps to have some knowledge of that which you wish to refute, long before you stick your neck out and pretend to be an authority. Certainly it would be better to do some independent research on more than one thing before they feel they know something. That is the trouble with many French people, these days. They think they know everything about everything once they read a book or an article, especially when it supports what they already believe.

Not all are this way of course. But consider the fact that the majority of French citizens have been made to listen to more than a generation of revisionist history and cultural brainwashing. Many do not believe they would be speaking German today, had it not been for America and the other allies. Many believe that their culture is far superior to all others.

Some (one of them even used to comment on PYY) have even had the audacity to claim that America had no history before the Europeans came to the New World. If we are to believe this kind of foolish drivel, this means American Indian nations had no customs, no social mores, no values, no ethics, until the white man from Europe came and settled according to their ways and customs.

If only they would stop and use the art of self-reflection for a moment,…then and only then, would they be able to come to a basic understanding of why people laugh at them and mock them so much. Just like this idiot who writes for Le Monde, they write their own joke material every time that get an opportunity. They create this international scorn all by themselves.

They will brag about how their country is the #1 tourist destination in the world, but that is only because they have sights that people want to see. It’s not the warmth and friendliness of the locals. They are the butt of jokes because of their hypocrisy and arrogance, and that’s why many people vow they will not return. It’s why I won’t ever go back.

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8 responses to “Haut Français Hypocrisie

  1. The Bill Clinton presidency showed us that the left has a handy ability to ignore their precious fight for civil rights for women when convenient.

    • Beyond his extremely poor judgment, I can’t say that Clinton’s escapades were anything near DSK’s. In fact, I wish that’s all we had to worry about now. Ahhh…..the good old days.

  2. Nunly

    It is sad that some of the French feel that they are the authority on everything because when they speak in that manner it makes them look so silly–hence they end up being stereotyped in a manner that they abhor.

    Some French dude came to my blog defending DSK a couple of weeks ago and it was hard not to laugh at his arguments as he stated (with great authority, I might add) how our justice system works. Unfortunately, he was clueless.

    Le Monde is a joke, and it seems they have gotten worse over the last few years. That said, not all French are as bad as all that..I like most of them, just can’t stand those who consistently insist that they are superior to Americans. No one is superior to anyone…there are Americans that are clueless (i.e. Obama and ilk) and French who are clueless.

    It’s just too bad that the words, “I don’t know so I cannot speak on that subject” aren’t used more often in society….French and American included. And I wish more people would do some actual research instead of only going to sources which support their ideals. This behavior is exactly how we’ve ended up with media that is so slanted that you can’t believe anything you read or hear anymore.

    • //not all French are as bad as all that..I like most of them, just can’t stand those who consistently insist that they are superior to Americans. //

      Precisely my point. Those whom I have known on a personal level (including a former member of the French underground) are some of nicest people you will ever meet. I feel bad when those people are stereotyped into the same category as the snerts.

  3. Greg

    I don’t think this is a particularly French trait. People everywhere believe what they want. Your average French person will be on the left politically, and will naturally be more likely to believe something bad about a big conservative hero. I don’t think it’s controversial to say the same is true about hardcore conservatives believing bad stuff about liberals.

    However, I feel it IS fair to pick on French journalists. I would rank them the worst in the western world. Lazy, pretentious, smug and very opinionated, they almost never criticize French politicians b/c they fear (justifiably) retribution. So, they have lots of fun pointing fingers at other countries, b/c that is ‘safe.’ I don’t read French newspapers at all anymore. They aren’t even good as toilet paper.

    • //I don’t think this is a particularly French trait. People everywhere believe what they want. Your average French person will be on the left politically, //

      It’s an extremist trait. Like ME says, we have our share. Starting with our President. Arrogance without a cause. the right has their share and as the campaign unfolds, I will call them out on it too.

  4. Rocket

    “That is the trouble with many French people, these days. They think they know everything about everything once they read a book or an article, especially when it supports what they already believe.”

    Yeh. Some of them. But there are many that don’t think like the above stated quote. Those that do are the hyper sensitive. I can sense them a mile away with only an initial contact. The media picks up on the sensational so we usually hear about those who think they are superior. Jack Mathieu Émile Lang do you hear me? The French press has become a sensational press. They have realized it sells after decades of criticism. When they get the go ahead from the American press (as they are too afraid to initiate on their own because of draconian privacy laws in France) they can be as trashy as the best of them. Because when it all come down to it and no matter what anyone says they are still envious of the US for it “ballsyness” in spite of the facade they put up. I only have one wish and that is the smokescreen comes down thanks to the cyberworld and we can get to people being themselves instead of putting on this false superiority.

    I have a French friend who said it best in few words.

    I’m proud of being French but I’m not proud of France.

  5. //I’m proud of being French but I’m not proud of France.//

    I think there is a time in all of our lives when we could have said the same thing about our country. I am certainly not proud of the leadership, right now.

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