Good Morning Lowcountry
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Je parle mauvais francais (I speak bad French)

That's a large exaggeration, but GMLc tries, which means a lot to the French.

Parisians are on a charm offensive to change their surly image, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Foreigners think the French are rude. They don't think they are rude at all.

Paris officials are asking Paris cab drivers to please smile, and they're telling service workers to please drop the attitude.

The French, in turn, say they'd appreciate it if travelers to their country would explain, in French, that they don't speak French before they demand that English be spoken. It's only been a century since French was considered the universal language, and old habits die hard.

GMLc, being diplomatic, has no opinion, but we were snubbed once