Date registered: May 2006
Location: Back in the USA!
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I just returned from living in France for 3 years. With regards to French food, I think it stems from being occupied so many times for so long. They had to eat the things the occupying forces would not eat. Snails, ears, intestines, horses, bone marrow, brains etc. Over time they convinced themselves that they ate them because they wanted to.
With regards to cleanliness, Paris is hands down cleaner than London... Cheaper too.
However the final nail in the coffin for the French, they have no clue about how to make decent beer!