And yet they insult your country and harm it where they can and all because in the UK they have opted for sovereignty from an organisation called the EU which has no proper parliamentary control, is governed by a mysterious commission and an obscure council of ministers.At the risk of being contrarian, this looks like a poor move. Sure enjoy the French discomfiture in the great English tradition. BUT
France has genuine interests in the area, not merely a desire to be seen as Global. New Caledonia is a French Overseas territory whose 250k inhabitants rejected two independence referenda in the last five years. Its a more populated version of the Falklands and its inhabitants are EU Citizens. Pissing off a significant nuclear armed military power with a stake in the region doesn't seem a great way to build an alliance against the Chinese.
Despite BREXIT France is our closest neighbour. The French have been an important ally for the last 120 years, the best armed of the European powers and a partner of choice for joint acitivies outside the NATO Alliance.
Slapping them in the face is fun for the Europhobes who currently run the country, but not in Britian's best interest.
These are your closest neighbours and your most important ally.
But we also have them as our "closest" neighbour and "important" ally, and that's why it's quite easy to assess what the French are.
But you've already thrown the buzzword of the convinced Great Europeans into the ring, Europhobes, and that makes any further discussion superfluous, doesn't it? Irrational, nationalistic, xenophobic vermin or gammon, these EUrophobes.
But we should not, on today's 19th September, a feast day that is celebrating its 665th anniversary, lapse into vain thoughts about why the French are so great, but remember that they were treated properly in earlier times.