Language, history, cooking and support for rival football teams still divide Europe. But when everything else fails, one glue binds the continent together: hatred of the French....
... the French are the worst company on the planet... They are crazy drivers, strangers to customer service, obsessed by sex and food and devoid of a sense of humour...
Britons described them as "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless." However, the French may be more shocked by the views of other nations.
For the Germans, the French are "pretentious, offhand and frivolous." The Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow." The Spanish see them as "cold, distant, vain and impolite" and the Portuguese as "preaching." In Italy they comes across as "snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed" and the Greeks find them "not very with it, egocentric bons vivants."
Interestingly, the Swedes consider them "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty."
But the knockout punch to French pride came in the way the poll was conducted. People were not asked what they hated in the French, just what they thought of them.
"Interviewees were simply asked an open question - what five adjectives sum up the French," said Olivier Clodong, one of the study's two authors and a professor of social and political communication at the Ecole Superieur de Commerce, in Paris. "The answers were overwhelmingly negative."
I'm guessing that won't help the upcoming French vote on the EU Constitution.
Fortunately, however, somebody still loves the French!