Le bruit et surtout les odeurs

Below Mr. Chirac talks in 1991 about how foreigners defraud the government and make honest French folk miserable with their noise and odors. Well, I’ve got news for you, it’s those good ol’ white French folk who have made my life miserable for a good part of the 10 years that I’ve been here. In particular their panoply of offensive odors, be they from perfumes, cleaning products, laundry detergents, scented candles, cigarettes, burned food, gasoline, paints, solvents, leaking home heating fuel tanks, and of course the ever present burning of garden waste and/or uncured wood, and the occasional tires or even complete car. Bref c’est les français de souche, dans mon expérience, qui générent des odeurs insupportables, à devenir fou.

Foreigners at least cook things that smell good. With spices and the like, not just salt and fat. And I think many try to avoid the heavy perfumed products, but unfortunately there isn’t much choice in the matter (Supermarkets in France do not offer a single unfragranced laundry detergent; you can only find them in Organic stores.)


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