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La Mefiance Cordiale

by | 5th, April 2004

‘JULIAN Barnes once said that if someone had set out to create a nation of people more calculated to get up the noses of the English, then you could not have done better than the French.

Johnny Halliday the greatest living Frenchman?

So, it is good to see that 100 years after the signing of the entente cordiale that cross-channel rivalry and distrust is as strong today as ever.

A poll carried out by the Guardian and the French paper Liberation discovered that, although nearly three-quarters of us have visited France, less than one in 10 feel any affinity with the country.

Compare that with, for instance, the 24% who admire America or the 25% who feel positive towards Ireland.

What is more, we don’t trust

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