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French resistance

Back in Blighty we tend to view Europe as an unfortunate appendage, a miscreant child that needs sorting out once in a while. Nice to visit. We seem to think our friends across the Channel would embrace all things European. There just isn’t enough leiderhosen or escargot to go around.

But I was beginning to sense resistance. I noticed it first in the village of St-Denis-de-Gastines. Prices in the village shop were prominently displayed in Euros, but underneath, in much smaller print, were the equivalent in French Francs. At first I thought it was an aberration – a futile local protest – but I encountered it again later in a decent sized branch of a national supermarket chain. Perhaps we have more in common with our European neighbours than we think.

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