In agreement with Geoff Day who wrote on the Rift in Brittany page of Facebook, by way of being ‘helpful’, I added…
Regarding Napoleon / Wellington, I agree with you 100 %.
I’ve also found it helpful to disclaim English involvement in the 100 years war.
I tell French acquaintances, it was the French (that goes down well in l’Occitane and most of western France including Brittany) fighting the Plantagenets & Gascons (all ‘French’ peoples now…) and all due to the Norman uninvited invasion of England.
Nothing to do with real Englishmen except a few mercenaries.
I find that stops the conversation
While they are looking puzzled, one can then swiftly moved to another subject. .
Seriously though, I have only encountered in some 22 years of visiting and now living in France, 1 Frenchman who was still trying to fight the 100 years war (which they won).
His mates said “don’t mind him, he’s a bit crazy”.
On the other hand I’ve found much ignorant anti-French sentiment in England among people who have never visited France .
Vive la belle France (and the French) !I
Ohhh yes, and my painting here is of the fabulous Carcassonne.
Simply the most famous, most fabulous monument between Monte Carlo and Bordeaux.
76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), £2,500.
Any reputable gallery would be delighted to offer this painting for this price…
For better images and story, my Carcassonne website page for more on this is :
Carcassonne, tourist information office : https://www.tourism-carcassonne.co.uk/