Proof that French people are trashier than us

French people - Liberty-Enlightening-the-World-1886-France's-gift-to-America - My French LifeLa France would have you believe she is the embodiment of refinement. The French have always shown us poor Americans, Australians and Brits how the world should work.

But as we know, it’s nice to realise that even the seemingly super-human are, well, just human…

Garance Doré made us feel better about the fact that even French women can’t keep up with their beauty routines. Alison Eastaway assuaged our fears about not being able to make friends with the French, and David Jaggard had a good rant about the horrors of French bureaucracy.

Now, appealing to the bogan, redneck or chav in all of us (depending on your location): proof that French people are trashier than us too.

We loved Chelsea Fagan’s brilliant list on ‘Thought Catalog’, featuring 21 reasons why French people are way trashier than Americans.

From the bloodthirsty lyrics of their national anthem, to awful reality TV shows, sleazy politicians and racist cereal brands –  if you need a good laugh, this is it.

Reasons 9 – 11 are some of my favourites; which are yours?

Are French people as refined as they seem (or claim) to be? What do you think? Share your thoughts below!

Image: ‘Liberty enlightening the world‘, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Hannah Duke

“I’m a Melbourne-based journalist, editor, photographer, and blogger dreaming of la vie européenne. I love all things French except for the pigeons: film, food, literature, fashion, and I indulge in this passion as often as possible! Find me on Twitter, or Google+.”

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  1. Sandra E Brown Nov 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    I love 18 – the note is written by the plants lol But 20! Non! Ham, butter and baguette is delicious and certainly a daily delight:) Ahhh butter ….

  2. Alex Mottershead Nov 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM - Reply

    Number 20 definitely made me laugh! I’m not sure that a plain ham baguette makes someone trashy though!

    Number 11 is extremely worrying!

  3. Hannah Duke Nov 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    Haha! Glad you enjoyed it Sandra and Alex… Gosh, it does make you worry doesn’t it? Though I think it’s safe to say that the French will never be worse than some of the things Aussies, Brits and Americans get up to 😉

    • Sandra E Brown Nov 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM - Reply

      LOL (or MDR) nothing like tongue in cheek humour to get a conversation started:)

  4. Esme Wakefield Nov 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM - Reply

    I don’t think this makes the French ‘trashy’… maybe there’s a different connotation across the pond?

    A baguette sandwich is still a BAGUETTE! =)

  5. Elise Mellor Sep 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM - Reply

    I got a good laugh at these! The French national anthem is borderline psychotic!
    I’m definitely adding ‘When He Farts He Rips A Hole In His Underwear’ to my iPod…
    But I feel like this lists neglects the fact that French politics is like a bad soap opera. Non-stop drama. 😉

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