Updated with Simone de Beauvoir -Feminist, and Leeds United League Champions 1992.
As with every country, in line with greenYgrey theory and common sense, there are some things I don’t like about France, as there are about Britain, but it has many more positives than negatives, and has always been one of my favourite countries.
I thought about repeating some of my published work derived from France here, but thought it would be more personal to look back over my life, and list some of my French Connection highlights:
French Republic – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
Brigitte Bardot – French style
Simone de Beauvoir -Feminist
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existentialism
Roland Barthes – Semiotics
Jack Kerouac – French Canadian
The Pink Panther – Clouseau
I was born closer to France than Britain.
Papillon – only seen the film!
Jean-Pierre Rives – French rugby
Dominique Rocheteau – Saint Etienne
Françoise Pascal – Mind Your Language – French accent
France was the first destination of my travels in 1987. The late-August and September sun shone nearly all the time. Paris was amazing, and the south of France cliffs and beaches surreal and beautiful. The hitching was great.
Eric Cantona – Leeds United League Champions 1992
Thierry Henry – France World Cup Winners 1998
Dinard and Saint-Malo was the starting point for my 25th anniversary of travelling year in September 2012, taking in Barcelona and Norway/Sweden in 2013.
Tour de France – Yorkshire 2014
Charlie Hebdo – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité