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Officially the French Republic, France is a country located in Western Europe, with several overseas islands and territories located on other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Metropolitan France is bordered (clockwise from the north) by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. France's overseas departments and collectivities also share land borders with Brazil and Suriname (bordering French Guiana), and the Netherlands Antilles (bordering Saint-Martin). France is linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel. France is the largest country in the European Union and the second largest in Europe. It has been a major power for many centuries. During the 17th and 18th centuries, France colonized much of North America; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the third largest empire of the time, including large portions of North, West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and many Pacific islands. France is a developed country and possesses the fifth largest economy by nominal GDP and eighth largest[13] economy by purchasing power parity. It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually. France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. It is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, NATO, OECD, WTO and the Latin Union. It is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and owns the largest number of nuclear weapons with active warheads and nuclear power plants in the European Union.

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1 Language too feminine It makes men sound so girly
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2 Member of the Axis of Weasels Along with Germany, Russia and Belgium.
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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5 French Military Victories Google: "Did you mean French Military Defeats?"
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6 Nazi's Helpers Worked hard for Hitler after surrender
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7 Filthy and unclean It's literally dirty. Garbage on the streets, etc
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1 OK, I apologize to those French citizens who do NOT consider Napoleon a hero. It was unfair of me to forget about you all. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on December 4, 2011, 6:59 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 That's a very good point! Napoleon was regarded by his contemporaries (though of course not by most of his subjects) every bit as darkly as Hitler was regarded by his, and for very good reason: He was a megalomaniacal monster who cared only for himself. Yet he is indeed lionized to this day in France. It's kind of perverse, isn't it? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 2:41 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 For myself, I appreciate its delicious cuisine, contributions to culture and art and admire their valor against overwhelming odds during both world wars and the Franco-Prussian War. However; considering the man went to war and/or invaded virtually ALL my ancestral homelands, I'm NOT happy that they consider Napoleon a hero! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 12, 2011, 10:35 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Chubby, the French Army performed as well in World War 1 as any other. (It scored the war's first allied victory, pretty much singlehandedly, in the 1st Marne campaign, and was ferocious at Verdun.) And the problem in World War 2 had much more to do with a poorly-designed military-civilian command structure than with the fighting abilities of the army itself. (Read any in-depth book on the 1940 campaign and you'll see what I mean.) The Red Army had some of the same structural problems in 1941, but it managed to stay in business long enough to (largely) correct them as the war went on. Hell, the British Army since 1900 can't claim any huge amount of glory either, aside from Alamein and a few secondary victories. Yet we don't make fun of British military prowess like we do the French. And why not? Because the British are our "cousins". And the French don't line up dutifully behind us every time we throw our weight around, whereas the British generally do. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 11, 2011, 8:49 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 What France needs to realize is that American tourism is a major part of their economy. It's time for them to decide whether they want us or not. None of us are under any obligation to go there. BTW it's always been a life goal of mine to French kiss a French woman, but it'll have to happen here in America because even I wouldn't travel all the way to France to be insulted 24/7 just for that. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 26, 2011, 5:45 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 There's a difference between being proud of your country and being disdainful of others'. The French have a reputation for being snooty (never been there, so I can neither confirm nor deny). -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 26, 2011, 11:00 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 The only way in which the French are genuinely superior to everyone else is in the rudeness department. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 25, 2011, 7:09 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 So the cliche of French Military incompetence. Soggy- please tell us of the great French military victories post Napolean getting his ass kicked at Waterloo. Dien Bien Phu, Algeria, World War 1, World War 2. France indeed. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 25, 2011, 6:01 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 The French are what they are. They view their country, their principles, their language, and their culture as superior to all others - just like Americans view theirs, and Chinese view theirs, and Russians view theirs, and Arabs view theirs. The French are smug and arrogant, but no more so than we Americans are, and I am no more interested than a Frenchman would be in evaluating France or any other country by its usefulness to America, or by the degree to which it is willing or unwilling to help achieve America's goals. That kind of perspective is not only selfish but childishly stupid. Also, while the cliche of French military incompetence (or the corollary cliche of French cowardice) makes for some good jokes, it's really not grounded in reality. (It's rather like the '70s fiction that people of Polish heritage are dumb.) HOWEVER, the French really do need to learn a thing or two from their German neighbors about personal hygiene.... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 25, 2011, 2:55 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Just before the French soccer team pulled their whiny quitter act that even embarrassed French people (and that's damn hard to do), I read an article on the net about how French service staff are rude BY DESIGN since in France they're considered the equal of the customer. Which still doesn't explain the incredible rudeness. Only in France would waiters and store clerks adopt the attitude of "you're not the boss of me!" LOL -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 4, 2010, 12:08 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I read somewhere that when France was eliminated from the World Cup, the team took a no-frills coach flight home (they flew in first-class). But that wasn't all of it - the French coach was so angry that he didn't shake the hand of the coach of the opposing team...talk about arrogant. I always knew the French were sore losers ever since they attempted to plant performance-enhancing drugs in Lance Armstrong's hotel room when he won the Tour de France 7 times in a row - wouldn't surprise me if their mindset is "WAAAHHH!! We're the only ones who are allowed to win the Tour de France!!" -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on July 3, 2010, 8:20 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 There's nothing wrong with the language, since Romance languages are the prettiest and sexiest. But France tends to be filled with American hating snobs. They're rude and they seem to forget that America saved their asses in WW2. They're ungrateful. -- Submitted By: (JLer2562) on September 29, 2009, 3:40 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 I LOVE the fact that the main reason for France boning the fish was the exact same thing I had been thinking all along! I guess great minds think alike :-) I have a theory that because the language sounds so effeminate it's actually caused French men to subconsciously act effeminate, yet at the same time be so promiscuous since when spoken by women it's a huge turn on. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 10, 2009, 3:27 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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