Five favorites about the French

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.

  1. French people are proud. They love their country, their food, their heritage, their history, their culture, their haute couture.


Notre Dame

Notre Dame

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.

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s Friday Five, which is favorites.




Ever been to France ? What is your experience with the French ? 

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Comments: 14

  1. lacey@fairytalesandfitness July 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm Reply

    I have been to Paris but never to any surrounding cities.I don’t think it’s just the French that complain. Americans are pretty good at that too:)
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  2. Ana July 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply


    when I first heard about the attacks, I immediately wondered if you and your family were ok. I’m glad you all are! I know you are nowhere near, but I couldn’t help but to wonder.

    Positive thoughts to all of you in France. Stay Strong!
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  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy July 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm Reply

    I don’t like to start my day with the news. Somedays it’s unavoidable, of course, but even on days like today, if I hadn’t seen your post on IG, I would have been totally unaware.

    My heart is heavy, as it always with with such news, and I wish I had solutions. I don’t. Today I was pondering whether if we (western world) didn’t have so much — would it make a difference? And yet how would you change it?

    We write about first world problems, and we take them for granted, yet how do you change things?

    The only thing I know for sure is that hate is NOT the answer, and that is why I LOVE your post. I just wish different circumstances had prompted it. 🙁
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 16, 2016 at 4:36 pm Reply

      I think a little bit of positivity goes a long way.

  4. You were the first person I thought of last night when I heard about this. It’s just been enough of all of this truly! It makes me so sad. Thinking of you and your friends and family hoping you are all safe
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm Reply

      Thank you Deborah. We are all safe and sound, but unfortunately many families are struck by this awful tragedy.

  5. Debbie @ Deb Runs July 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Like Deborah says, you were the very first person I thought of on Friday evening when I heard about the attacks in Nice (you’re the only person I “know” in France at the moment). Sending hugs your way, my friend!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Thank you. Truly awful 🙁

  6. Roy Shaffer July 18, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

    France used to be safe… These shows of violence in the country is truly horrifying..
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply

      Yes, sadly. 🙁

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply

    On Wednesday last week, one of the dads of a patient I saw was French. He had that charming accent! His wife was American, so here he is. When the attacks happened in Nice, I thought about him. I would have loved to discuss it with him. It’s great that the French like to talk politics. So many people in the US are so apathetic–which is what has led to having really questionable presidential candidates this go-round.
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply

      Our debates here can get really really heated ! The US political race has been a joke…..

  8. Frédéric October 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

    The French are strong too. What happened is so sad and tragic, but surely France will surpass these hard times. French art de vivre is the strongest weapon againt obscurantism.

    • Karen - Fit in France October 22, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply

      I sure hope you are right !

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