Stereotypes of French people  

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"What’s heaven? Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the bankers are Swiss.

So then, what’s hell? Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the bankers are Italian." [...]

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In Anglo-American media, French people are usually characterized as being snooty, upper class, effeminate cowards, wearing berets, cravates, and onions around their necks. Also, French are stereotyped as "giving up" in competitions or duels as (or before) they start. This view likely comes from France's surrender to Nazi Germany in World War II and is summarized in the statement by Groundskeeper Willie on The Simpsons, who referred to the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys."




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