Paris V. France: A Love-Hate Affair
The Salon is meant to be a microcosm of France itself. The rest of this Republic, however, is not as enamored with Paris as the Parisians are. But in the true Gaulic spirit, this thorny love is returned in kind.
PARISIAN STEREOTYPES ABOUT THE REST OF FRANCE
Region: Brittany (northwest)
Famous For: Beaches & great seafood
Parisian Stereotype: Scheming alcoholics who were named after the English & kept the name!!
Chance of Incest: Scattered
Region: Nord-de-Calais / Picardie (northwest)
Famous For: Small fortified cities throughout the region (just in case).
Parisian Stereotype: Friendly people who talk very fast in a bizarre dialect because the weather sucks and they just want to go home.
Chance of Incest: Scattered
Region: Normandy (north)
Famous For: Apples & Camembert & still talking about World War II
Parisian Stereotype: When asked a question, “maybe yes” doesn’t qualify as an answer. Not anti-American enough.
Chance of Incest: Slight Chance, Isolated (can’t make up their minds)
Region: Pays-de-la-Loire (northwest)
Famous For: Sea salt, the Grand Prix, Loire river & used to be part of Brittany
Parisian Stereotype: Not as friendly, call themselves the “Venice of the West” but don’t understand why Italians never visit their cold, remote land.
Chance of Incest: Historically High, but now unknown – no Parisians visit
Region: Grand Est (Former Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne et Lorraine) (northeast)
Famous For: Rich with Gothic Churches & Roman Empire leftovers
Parisian Stereotype: German version of Brittany. Even French President Sarkozy when visiting Alsace mentioned how nice it was to be in Germany.
Chance of Incest: Slight chance, isolated (German laws are more lax on this)
Region: Auvergne, Rhones-Alpes (southeast)
Famous For: Stinky cheese & haut gourmet food
Parisian Stereotype: Their capital city is a cheaper version of Paris with better food.
Chance of Incest: None (450 dormant volcanoes historically weeded out the slow)
Region: Centre Val-de-Loire (central)
Famous For: Joan of Arc’s reenactment of a live volcano & farmland
Parisian Stereotype: Proud of their fancy French. That’s why no one wants to talk to them.
Chance of Incest: Low with a chance of scattered events
Region: Burgundy, Franche Comte (central east)
Famous For: Snails, white wine & Canadian (Dijon) mustard
Parisian Stereotype: There are people in Franche Comte? Thought villages were populated by 90 lb wheels of cheese.
Chance of Incest: None
Region: Aquitane, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes (central west)
Famous For: Inventing the limousine but not inventing the strip clubs that use them.
Parisian Stereotype: Food snobs who won’t shut up about their wine or limousines
Chance of Incest: Slight chance, isolated