Can this be the Brexit effect?

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  1. stevec

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    We have holidayed in France for several years, the last three in our motorhome. We have generally found the French to be amenable to our approaches and greetings but during our September holiday we found them to be a bit stand-off-ish and not wanting to make eye contact. When we have been on aires it seems they try to avoid parking next to us as if there is an exclusion zone around our van. Some friends who had been there a couple of weeks earlier commented on the same thing. No problems with the Dutch though. We are wondering if this is the Brexit effect.
     
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    Have you washed recently !
     
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    I'm parked next to 3 French vans and they speak to us ok
     
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    Have you got a sog?
     
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    On our last trip , I found the British the most unsociable.
     
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  6. NickNic

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    We've come full circle.

    From complaining about the French parking too close on aires to complaining about them not parking close enough :LOL:
     
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    Yes your quite right in your thinking, that's the biggest Brexit benefit so far. (y):LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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    Always found the French to be polite and friendly. I think in some ways they are a little reserved in coming forward and I think Brits can be to in certain circumstances. Then we have the language difficulties, but the French always say Bonjour and strike me as very polite. Was last in France about 3 weeks ago and was all fine. I was also there for a few weeks just after the Brexit vote. Had a conversation using google translate with some French people who were of the same opinion as me that Brexit is disastrous for all of us, so we decided to drink more wine instead.

    I find the Dutch and Belgiums seem to speak more fluent English and are less reserved than the French.

    ps..I did have a feeling that I should have made a sign or something similar saying sorry, it wasn't me...In all seriousness though, I did carry a feeling of sadness realising that I may soon lose my right to live work travel and move freely in France as I kinda treat it like a second home these days. sad times.
     
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  9. Chris

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    They were all very pleasant when I was there yesterday I must say.

    I have had mixed experiences in the past.
     
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    I'm with Steve on this, Dutch, German, Belgian people all seem to speak very good English, the coolness maybe because they don't speak any English? After bonjour I'm buggered unless I'm buying bread or beer so we can't blame others for not speaking English. Just do what I do, speak loudly and slowly, works every time.......... Not! :whistle::LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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  11. laser101uk

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    Or do what my Dad does and wave his hands about. he gets on with them fantastically well and doesn't speak a word of French.
     
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  12. laser101uk

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    I think there are nice people and then there are arseholes where ever you go to be honest.
     
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  13. stevec

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    We had our last night at Wissant before catching the shuttle back first thing in the morning. A van parked right next to us, stayed a few minutes then moved to a bay 20 feet away. And they were British! So you may have hit on the reason.
     
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    The impression I got from talking to a few French holiday makers I met in Germany/Italy this last month, is that they'd love to have the opportunity of voting for a Frogxit

    Pete
     
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    I had the nicest of experiences from a french moho owner,
    While in Mortagne sur Gironde aire ( we found the last nice spot next to another funster @marpool ) ,
    Unfortunately we found that during the night the wind got up & a branch was scraping on our roof ( going scroop-scroop all night)
    So come the morning I went round to the drivers side of the van & was looking up at the top of moho & offending branch ,
    The french man next door looked puzzled at what I was staring at , so with a lot of hand gestures & me making scroop scroop noise's ,I think he under stood .
    So during the morning & early afternoon I kept looking to see if they had gone out as I was going to break the branch off with a rope & pull it down.
    Nope they didn't leave !!so mid afternoon, I said to the wife ,whether they are there or not I'm gonna do it.
    Too my surprise on turning the corner of my moho, there was the good old french man,adjusting his fishing rod & attaching a small garden saw to it,
    He was pointing to his brain to say he had worked out how to do it.
    No sooner said than done ,he'd sawn 2 large branches down .
    Nice guy I gave him a couple of beers ,he looked pleased.
    All done with out a either of us speaking a word of the others language.
     
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    I'm France now and have been since 3 Sept. I haven't experienced anything like this, the French people I have met have been their usual friendly helpful selves.
     
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    British friends living in France say they've not been treated any differently. Some French people have commented on how they wish France would leave the EU.
     
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    Painted on a French road.

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  19. Chris

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    It will happen too and that loser Hollande will be out with the bath water.
     
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    All the French I have met have been fine, many saying they can wait to rid themselves of Hollande/Merkel relationship and hoping to see Sarkozy back

    As Sarkozy said




    http://www.itv.com/news/2016-09-27/...erse-brexit-vote-if-elected-french-president/
     
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