EU crisis: The Frogs do love us – they’re just hopping mad with Germany
Our entente with the French is still cordiale, but they badly need someone to shout at, writes Boris Johnson.
The return of the Entente cordiale?
The UK and France have signed a treaty which will see them setting up a
joint military force and sharing equipment and nuclear missile research
The DW-WORLD.DE Article
（政府間の）友好的取り決め；((the E- C-))英仏協商（1904）.
The noun has 2 meanings:
Meaning #2: a friendly understanding between political powers
There is a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that captures the current dialogue between Paris and London. One evening King Arthur arrives with his knights at a darkened castle. He tells the figure on the battlements that he has come to recruit noble knights in his quest for the grail. For some reason the guard turns out to have a heavy French accent.
In fact, the whole castle is occupied by French knights, and they treat the English king with disgraceful rudeness.
First, the guard tells Arthur that he has no interest in obtaining a Holy Grail, since they already have one in the castle. When Arthur says he would like to have a look at this marvel, the French knight refuses, and concludes: “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough whopper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.” The French then cry “fetchez la vache”, and use a trebuchet to bombard the Knights of the Round Table with a dead cow.
If you cut out some of the raspberry blowing and bottom-flashing, that is just about the level of the current diplomatic broadsides from Paris. David Cameron goes to the dark castle in Brussels in his quest for common sense, and ever since they have been peppering us with dead cows. Various French ministers have queued up to say rude things about Britain and the British economy. In an amazing breach of diplomatic convention, the French prime minister has called for Britain’s credit rating to be downgraded and announced that he would much rather be French than these so silly British.
In a bid to calm things down, Nick Clegg has been forced to ring the French up and ask them to stop being so jolly insulting.
- 2011-12-20 01:34