Groggy Froggies

sarkozy.jpgI read on today that research has found the French to be more moderate drinkers than previously thought, and that historical figures have been inflated to the benefit of the increasingly powerful French anti-alcohol lobby.  You can imagine, I’m sure, the heat of the debates that take place between the anti-booze lobbyists and the French wine trade bodies…

I think it’s a fair argument.  The previous statistics have simply divided the amount of wine sold in a country by the number of inhabitants (presumably of drinking age, though that isn’t made clear) and doesn’t take into account wine bought that isn’t drunk (i.e. stuck away in cellars) and even includes wine bought in France by tourists.

Certainly in our experience of living in France we’ve found that the French drink nowhere near as much as the British.  The lack of a binge drinking culture has been well documented, but even beyond that they don’t seem to be as regular drinkers of even moderate amounts of wine.  Hell, we’ve even got a friend who – and now in her early 30s – claims that she’s never been drunk in her life.  She’s no teetotaller, just never drinks enough to get hammered.  How odd.

Still, as President Sarkozy lands on British shores today, it’s nice to see that some Frenchies can get stuck in when they want to.  A happy combination of topics which allows me to link to a lovely little video of Sarkozy turning up a bit late for a press conference at a G8 conference after a long and clearly bozze-fuelled lunch with Putin.  Smashing stuff.  I imagine he and Phil the Greek will be hitting a few of Windsor’s boozers tonight.

It also striked me that Carla Bruni must also own a fairly hefty pair of beer goggles…

8 thoughts on “Groggy Froggies”

  1. Maybe, Dom, maybe. I just don’t understand how women can ever go out with blokes that are smaller than they are…and with Sarko and Bruni, it’s not even close.

  2. Hey Mark – don’t push it on the smaller man thing! My 6ft 1 girlfriend seems happy with the puny 5ft 11 that I am!

  3. There are tourists going to France now to SELL wine? That’s got to take some brass ones.

    And let me get this straight – you can’t understand why a beautiful woman would be attracted to a short bloke who is running one of the world’s nuclear powers?


  4. Simon – good spot. I have now corrected that nonsensical typo! And you make a good point, of course. Reminds me of that great Mrs Merton question to Debbie Magee: “So Debbie, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?”

    Which brings me onto you, Patrick. It comes as no surprise that you’ve ended up with an Amazonian beauty…you’re the MD of Sonus PR for crying out loud, winner of the Flackenhack Agency of the Year 2007 award. It’s pretty much the same dynamic as Sarkozy and Bruni.

    Dom – I’m in London right now. But my time is not my own. Pint soon though.

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