Why does the UK media paint a picture of France that does not exist ?

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Why does the UK media paint a picture of France that does not exist ?

Post by alittlebitmorefrench » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:47 pm

Thinking French Entree and Complete France magazines.

This is an article in the Guardian today....

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019 ... -of-france

:?

Hmmm....is that France ?

Anyway...it is Algeria-Senegal football final tonight :good:

Watch out Champs Elysee. :D

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Re: Why does the UK media paint a picture of France that does not exist ?

Post by mysty » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:17 pm

Yes it is. These places exist and are are open for business. :idea:
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Post by Simonflys » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:00 pm

The same reason they paint a picture of the UK that doesn't exist and never did! (aka Miss Marple, Midsomer....the 'Good Old Days') :roll:
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Post by jsks » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:30 pm

Simonflys wrote:
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The same reason they paint a picture of the UK that doesn't exist and never did! (aka Miss Marple, Midsomer....the 'Good Old Days') :roll:
Spitfires over the White Cliffs, chirpy whistling milkmen, peaceful villages of thatched houses, cricket on the green, unending summer, white Christmas, love affairs on lonely station platforms, the bulldog spirit.

Strange that the nostalgic picture of a perfect UK is always squarely rooted in an exaggeratedly English England.

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Post by alittlebitmorefrench » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:30 pm

Simonflys wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:00 pm
The same reason they paint a picture of the UK that doesn't exist and never did! (aka Miss Marple, Midsomer....the 'Good Old Days') :roll:
Inspector Morse, bowler hats, we all make phone calls from red telephone boxes, and travel on double decker buses whilst eating fish and chips..
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Post by PatF » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:08 pm

I haven't watched these programmes/ read these articles, but I know that as elderly retirees we loved living in rural France mainly because of the space. We could hide away from this big bad world and live in relative peace.
I know the majority of France isn't much different from urban UK. But our little 'coin' was different.
In the UK you can't find these places to hide away. Unless you go up to the inhospitable north of Scotland. I mean weatherwise, the folks are friendly.

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Re: Why does the UK media paint a picture of France that does not exist ?

Post by Simonflys » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:18 pm

How many times have I heard the ramblings of fellow immigrants who say '' we love France - it's just like the UK was 50 years ago !''. Blimey - I'm so glad it isn't!! Delusional.... :? :? :?

In fact - a very small % of the UK is built on / developed - it's just that the inhabitants all choose to live on top of each other! :lol:

Source : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41901294
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Post by FrenchForumSurvivor » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:08 pm

But it does exist for those who are only visiting and don't live here. The 'holiday feeling', which I can still remember from when we came to France on holidays before immigrating, is a completely different state of mind.
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