Someone I work with was on the tube going to work yesterday and, although she is English, was reading a book that was in French. There were a couple of people sitting opposite her who decided that based on her reading material, she must be French and therefore started talking about her shoes in totally audible English. So basically, if you read a French book you must therefore actually be French and if you are French you can’t understand any English. I think that is a path potentially destined for trouble.
As if to illustrate that the French are potentially more charming than the English (or certainly the two people on the tube yesterday), a friend was out on hr lunch break last week without a coat and suddenly it started to rain. This chap came up to her who she didn’t know and put his umbrella over her and in a French accent asked where she was going and walked her to her destination (which wasn’t very far away). There were no strings attached and there was nothing sleazy about it, this chap just saw someone who was going to get drenched and helped her out. I’m not sure there are many people who would do something like that.