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Gaelic humour

Fabrice was also a traveller. Within France. ’It’s a big country’ he explained, in a very good English. Once the site outside Fresnay-sur-Sarthe closed he would head south towards Marseilles for the winter. He shared some Gaelic humour with me. ’Someone who speaks two languages we say is bilingual. Someone who speaks just one we say is…. French’.

I’d expected ’English’ to be the punch line, and really couldn’t have argued with that. But it seems that, unlike their German neighbours who love to go roaming all over Europe, the French generally stay within their borders. If they do wander further afield, it tends to be to former colonies like Algeria. Doesn’t sound like the Brits at all then.


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