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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Idealistic Japanese are rushing to Paris, only to find the place infested with common French people:
A strange illness has descended on Japanese living in Paris, tipping many of them in a state of profound culture shock after realising their ideals about the French capital were unrealistic, a study published in Monday’s Liberation newspaper said.
More than a 100 expatriates a year are sinking into a state called “the Paris syndrome” which is characterised by feelings of persecution or suicidal tendencies, according to the mental health facilities of city hospitals.
“They make fun of my French and my expressions”, “they don’t like me” and “I feel ridiculous in front of them” are common refrains heard by the doctors.
The French sound sort of insular and intolerant. This is the sort of behaviour the French media usually links to bigoted Texan cowboyism. Here�s more from The Times:
A Japanese woman in her 20s stopped a well-dressed Frenchman in the Opera metro station yesterday afternoon and asked him in broken English for help with a public telephone. He replied with a finger in the air and walked on, leaving another potential candidate for �Paris Syndrome�.
UPDATE. In other European developments, the US has denied entry to former Red Army terrorist Astrid Proll. Der Spiegel‘s front-page headline: ‘AMERICA�S NEW ENEMIES:Why a German can�t travel in the USA’.
UPDATE II. These primitive countries should be busted down to component form and sold for spare parts:
Today, in Germany and France, divorcing your spouse is easier, and in most cases cheaper, than dismissing an employee under due observance of the provisions of the contract of employment. The administrative hurdles can be a long nightmare. Court approval may be required and failing it, the employees in question must be reinstated. The labor union representing a majority of the employees must agree to the “social plan” by which the employer company undertakes to assist the employees who lose their jobs.
(Via Rafe Champion)