Another senseless terror attack happened last night in Nice, France. I went to bed not knowing, and my daughter woke me up to tell me something had happened. I picked up my phone and it was full with FB, text, news feed and IG messages about the attack. I was there in January with my husband, running a race from Nice to Monaco.
I have decided to change the post I planned today, and talk about what I love about the French people. Because yes, we are going through tough times, unfortunately like many countries and cities around the world. Istanbul. Belgium. Orlando, Dallas… just in the past couple months. My heart goes out to everyone that has been touched by these senseless acts carried out by cowards.
Despite what happened, the French stand strong and proud and here is why I love the people of this country.
- French people are proud. They love their country, their food, their heritage, their history, their culture, their haute couture.
2. French people love to debate politics. It is not taboo, it is expected to be discussed at work, at the dinner table and at family get togethers. While there is a lot of disagreement, people respect each other’s opinion and it makes for some very lively conversation.
3. French people don’t get hung up on food. Very few people obsess about what they eat, how much they weigh, or the latest diet fad. They can talk about it for hours, comparing recipes, exchanging restaurant names, lingering hours over a meal. They have learned to love food for what it is… to nourish the body and to be enjoyed.
4. French people do not obsess over money and things. While of course it is important, they would much rather close a shop early than make that last sale, or much rather take vacation than work 2 jobs.
5. French people complain. Yes, they do. A LOT. But this is part of the charm and you learn to get used to it. I let it go in one ear and out the other.
I love the US and the Americans, and I love France just as much. Once again these people will get through this and continue living, loving and taking full advantage of life, like they always have, in what I am afraid has become the new normal.
Ever been to France ? What is your experience with the French ?