A personal disclaimer... this is a personal rant. This thread is in no way intended to provoke any derogatory posts towards the French or france in general, so I’d ask anyone who wants to make some wise mark or take a cheap shot at this country, to think before posting.
My reason for posting has two objectives: firstly to rant and get something off my chest, and secondly to get the insight of other foreigners living in france and of course the opinions of native French a.netters are welcome!
So a quick bit of background. I’ve been living in france for some 7 years’ now. What is my general impression of france: it’s a magnificent country, filled with incredible culture, history, sights, landscapes. And my impressions of the French? Knowing it’s not good to generalise about an entire nationality, but well, here’s my view. To be honest, I was rather surprised once I arrived as I found the French to be much more welcoming than I had expected. In general, they are very courteous people, sometimes even over-courteous and one sometimes must be forgiven for wondering how genuine their politeness is. They are friendly in general, and I must say I have always been made feel welcome. On the other hand, they are rather reserved for my liking, and striking up good friendships is difficult. When I compare to them to the people back home, well I love going back to Ireland as I find the Irish to be friendlier in an “informal” way, and are much more down-to-earth than the French. But all in all, the French are human beings as we all are, each person is an individual, but overall my impressions of the French in a “generalised” view are positive.
And here is my “but”, the reason for my rant. I CANNOT stand the system! I’m sick of it! It’s been driving me mad since I arrived, made me very bitter for a while, now I just view it all as stupidity and don’t let it bother me. Possible mainly because myself and the missus have decided it may be time to leave this beautiful country, and knowing that, I can’t wait to leave. Don’t get me wrong French friends, I have no regrets over my 7 years in france, have made good friends, and plan to return many times, but on holidays... as in my view, france is a great place for a holiday, but to live, Non merci!
Why you may ask? Well it all boils down to the bloody French system, bureaucracy, everything implemented by the government, which while I think many politicians are useless world-wide, the bunch of idiots that always seem to lead this country are just making things worse and worse for the French people....
Listening to CBC Radio tonight, I discovered a delightful five-part series on France, on its idealist roots and its modern-day reality, and how the reality of today is failing its idealist vision so miserably.
It will involve about 4 1/2 hours of listening to the documentaries but they are very interesting and enlightening. I heard Part 4 tonight.
Here is the link to the cbc.ca/ideas feature on France.