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Ask a Frenchman!

by DavidB

A while ago (circa 2006), when I lived in Paris, I stumbled upon a blog called Ask a Mexican. It was written by a Mexican-American man who would answer any question people would ask him about his culture. More often than not, he would answer in irreverent and funny ways. Not being the most original person, and working with American students studying abroad and having a lot of questions about France at the time, I decided to put a French spin to it (I found out later that I wasn’t the only one; along the way, I met an Ask a KoreanAsk a Hong-Konger and a couple more that I have forgotten about).

The blog was called:

Ask a Frenchman!

(How original… I told you I wasn’t)

It gained quite a following (probably my most popular blog to date), but a few years later I moved to Japan, and little by little, I stopped updating it. Partly because I had other things to worry and write about, partly because the longer I was away from France, the harder it became to talk from an insider’s perspective about certain things, especially when they were related to current events.

The site eventually went offline, but I moved a certain number of posts to my personal blog, and as said blog is getting a remodeling these days too, I thought that I could bring some of the most interesting (and popular) posts over here.

The concept is pretty simple. People would ask me questions about France, any question, and I would answer, sometimes seriously, sometimes not, mostly depending on the nature of the question.

Here are the posts that have been published on this current blog so far:

A plastic box saying "France Mini Cheese Set" and it's as horrifying as you can imagine.

France Mini Cheese Set

The food in Japan is pretty delicious. And by that, I mean Japanese food. Foreign food? Well, it&#82…

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A few things about the circumflex accent in French

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Happy Bastille Day?

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Can you get French Citizenship via a Louisiana Purchase loophole?

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Why do the French hate the British so much?

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