Some people say that Britain and France are a pair of plastic brothers, some people say that Britain and France are a pair of crispy sister flowers, some people say that the boat of friendship between the two countries will turn over, and some people will summarize through the long history of Britain and France: Britain and France are one heart, and their profits are broken; Britain and France pinched each other and killed each other.
Not long ago, because of the refusal to lower the flag to half-mast for the late Queen of England, some French politicians and their views became the focus of public discussion. As everyone knows, the enmity and hatred between Britain and France have been torn and pinched each other for a hundred years.
Refusing the president's order, the French mayors were determined not to lower their flags to half-mast
A few days after the death of the Queen of England, some French politicians quarreled with the French president.
Some people may be confused after listening to it, but the thing is actually like this:
Several mainstream French media reported that some elected officials announced that they refused to carry out President Macron's order to lower their flag at half-mast for the death of the British monarch. They claimed that the royal symbol was inconsistent with the principles of the French Republic.
French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that flags be lowered at half-mast on all public buildings, including the Elysee Palace, on the day of the Queen's funeral. So French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne sent a letter to the French mayors, urging them to lower the flag of their city.
However, this decree was like a powder keg, which attracted many protests and rejections from elected mayors.
Bourges Mayor Yann Galut immediately announced his refusal to carry out the instructions, saying: "It's unbelievable! I respect the pain of our British friends, the French president's expression of solidarity will not cause me any concern, and it is certainly normal for him to attend the funeral. But let all the town halls of France pay homage to a monarch, sorry, I'm a republican..."
Some mayors and mayors elsewhere in France similarly rejected the decree and expressed similar views:
"I welcome politicians to express their condolences to the British people. On the other hand, we are the French Republic, the bearers of values. Can 'freedom, equality, fraternity' be conveyed by lowering the flag to the monarch at half-mast in our schools? ”
"Freedom, equality, fraternity" is the tone and cornerstone of France
"The Republic is so far removed from all monarchies and monarchies and powers that we smashed the monarchy to create the French Republic."
Of course, the mayors' "refusal to implement" did not change Macron's deployment. The last time a president asked a foreign head of state to be lowered to half-mast was in December 2013, during Hollande's tenure in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In fact, not only the mayors, but also many ordinary people in France like to damage the British royal family without damage. When they saw the news of the British royal family on TV, the more common reaction was: "Who are these people?" Why are they richer than ordinary people if they don't do anything? Did they cross over, all dressed in 1899 costumes (Qui sont ces gens?). Pourquoi sont-ils plus riches que tout le monde? Pourquoi est-ce qu’ils continuent de s’habiller comme en 1899）？ ”
The maharajahs and nobles of the French
In addition, the French people also find it quite ridiculous that British judges wear wigs.
But the British have always paid attention to manners, rituals, and aristocratic spirits, and the wigs of judges represent authority and solemn rituals, so even though the British authorities announced in 2008 that in addition to judges in criminal proceedings, most judges and lawyers in the country can no longer wear wigs in court, but most judges and lawyers still retain this habit (it can also be said to be a custom).
Can the beams of Britain and France be solved?
It is said that the mutual pinch between Britain and France is not a matter of one day or two days, a year or two years, or even a hundred or two hundred years.
Britain and France fought one of the longest wars of all mankind, the Hundred Years' War between Britain and France. To tell the truth, in fact, the struggle between Britain and France is far more than a hundred years, intermittent, and it has lasted for a thousand years, and even continued to fight in the New World of North America, and it is 7 years after a fight.
Not too far away, last year, Britain and France also confronted each other over a fishing dispute, so that they sent each other warships. For this matter, "Little Golden Retriever" Boris. Johnson and "Little Margo" Macron even exchanged words in person during meetings.
After the fishing dispute, the seemingly advantageous Britain fell for a few months after the French trick.
One day in November 2021, some 1,300 refugees took advantage of the fine weather to smuggle across the French Channel from France across the Channel to Britain in fine weather.
There are many rumors that this is secretly planned and instigated by the French government, and even provides accurate weather forecasts. It's to add to the British blockage. It can really be said that it is finished on the surface and pinched behind the back.
Throughout last year, 20,000 to 30,000 refugees were smuggled from France to the UK, several times the annual average. In fact, the British government has already paid France 45 million pounds to combat smuggling. As a result, France not only collected money and did not eliminate disasters for people, but also secretly tripped up, adding fuel to the fire and fueling the waves.
The British side can only "break the teeth and swallow in the stomach", after all, it is not possible to do anything to the refugees, or to spend a lot of manpower, material resources, and financial resources to properly resettle. But British politicians must have written down the account with a small book.
Of course, the two countries also have a honeymoon period in modern times, and once cooperated to divide the world, which can be described as Britain eating meat and France drinking soup, which is quite moist. However, with the change of the world situation, the relationship between the two countries, although not so bad, is not so iron.
Just less than a month ago, a reporter asked British Prime Minister Truss (who was not yet sure) a question: "Is French President Emmanuel Macron a friend or an enemy?" ”
Tras replied arrogantly: "It's not up to the point, if I become prime minister, I will judge him by deeds rather than words." ”
Macron went back the next day:
"Britain is an ally of France no matter who the British leader is, although its leaders may sometimes make small mistakes in grandstanding."
Not only the leaders, but also the mutual disapproval between Britain and France can also be seen from the attitude of the people. When the United Kingdom was engaged in Brexit, many European countries did polls, and 70% to 90% of the survey participants in Germany, Poland and other countries wanted the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union. Only about 50% of the survey participants in France want the UK to stay, and the attitude is clear: "Love to stay, slow to go and not to send."
As a result, the British like to use one word to describe the Anglo-French relationship: "Frenemy".
The meaning of the word is: some people look like best friends, but in reality they are enemies, kicking each other twice under the table and stabbing each other twice in the back.
The hotbed of the English-French satin hand
The mutual pinch between Britain and France has also become a hotbed for the hands of the two countries. The imagination, creativity and bad intentions of the people of both countries have all been put on top of this.
The French say that if you travel to a place and see that the local cows are better looking than the ladies, needless to say, you must be in London.
The French also said that if an Englishman asked for directions in Paris, the French would kindly show them two ways - one to Charles de Gaulle Airport, the other to the Anglo-French Undersea Tunnel, anyway, it must be the fastest way to get him out of France.
Charles de Gaulle Airport
The French folk are still like this, and the official is even more "powerful".
In the year of Brexit, France's Minister of European Affairs Natalie Mr. Roisso said his cat always weighed between staying inside the house and going outside. So she named the cat "Brexit".
17 years ago, the legendary French President Jacques Chirac ruthlessly satirized British food in front of the leaders of other European powers: "British food is the worst food on earth." BSE was the only contribution Europe received from Britain. The British cook badly and dream of running the London Olympics well"...
The French not only despised British cooking, but even the British were not accustomed to drinking.
In French culture, the bar should be a place of exquisite beauty, simple and elegant, both to talk about love and to taste wine. And the British pubs, which are full of drunks, fights, harass other people's drunks, and even sells cheap beer.
So how did the British demean France?
British word-makers collectively refer to all sexual diseases as French diseases, of which Mei Poison is called French pox; The rash is called French mole; Rosacea is called French measles.
Not only that, but the British also call the sleeve French Letter, and all the dirty words are collectively called French!
The expression of profanity collectively referred to as French was included in the Oxford Dictionary 120 years ago, which is a conclusive conclusion and a nail in the coffin.
There is also a word in English called "French postcards", you think it is a landscape picture, right? That would be too cheap for the French, a term that means pornographic pictures.
Bad things are named with France, but good things are named away from France.
French fries are called "French Fries" all over the world, except for the United Kingdom, which is called "Chips".
Of course, the French are not vegetarians, and they treat others the way they are.
The French collectively refer to all genders as La maladie anglaise!
Don't you British call the sleeve "French letter"? Then we will call the sleeve "Capote Anglaise"
Some people in France also call the British "half-cooked beef (Rosbif, a kind of roast beef, usually only the skin is roasted, the inside is still pink and bloody)" to ridicule the British will not make a big meal, only roast half-cooked meat to eat.
Speaking of eating, the French disparaged the British by saying that the staple food of the British is water! This sentence is a satire on the British who love tea, love to drink beer, and have no serious meals - "Why did the British conquer the world?" Because the UK really can't find a decent dish! ”
Regarding drinks, the French have a more damaging sentence: "Do you know why the British love tea so much?" ”
The French not only ridiculed the British food and goods, but also the British city.
The French say London was built only for Britain, while Paris was built for the world.
Britons speak, do not speak English, and you run into walls everywhere you travel around the world; The French responded: English is just a revamped version of French.
So, Britain and France demean each other, and they die so each other, do they have a time to thank each other?
In rare cases, there are also cases.
For example, although the driver position of the car between Britain and France is reversed (left and right rudder), France graciously allows British cars to drive legally in France, which the British people are thankful for.
Finally, to sum it up with a quote from Master Shakespeare:
"I also can't understand why two peoples with the same climate and the same religion hate each other to the bone?"
Yes, whether it is a plastic brother or a crispy sister flower, everyone still develops harmoniously and plays well.