A note about stereotypes
From when we were small kids, the stereotype Frenchman would be rude, not speaking English, hautain and you may think of other bad things to say like driving around, blowing their horn in an irritating way.
I have never had this stereotype seen true!! Always the French have tried to help, they would try to speak English, they were never hautain, never rude, except that maybe they honk their horn now and then in that irritatingly French fashion.
35 Years of misplaced stereotypism later, we entered the reception of ‘Pierre en Vacances’ in Cannes. We -3 colleages- entered after a day of travelling at 10 a clock in the evening. The receptionist heard 1 word of English in our carefully spelled French question, and interrupted with: “Ah, non, no Englais, No Englais -we were there with the company, 80 men of whom 90% could not even speak French! We were saving PeV from bankruptcy!- Other colleagues were in the bar, when we entered at 10:30 it closed without notice. The Breakfast guy -if fast was made of speed here, this guy would lose, but as the fast in breakfast is stands for not eating, he lost again- had opened the doors from the eating room for cool air, but didn’t like us coming in through the side entrances, so he blocked the way. On our last day we were sitting outside and were served the cold coffee left over from breakfast. This was -maybe still is- a complete team to prove the French stereotype right: Pierre en Vacances in Cannes. Their country didn’t deserve this!