You may have heard of a famous blog named "Petite anglaise", which is very successful. It's been running for 4 years now and even had some trouble with justice (Petite Anglaise won) because the employer of this English girl in Paris didn't like the idea that his company could be identified through her blog.
Well, the aim of this post isn't actually about this particular blog but I noticed that all blogs that I know of run in Paris or in France by English or Americans are in English. I'd be delighted to learn of one that isn't.
I mean, English, Americans, or Australians maybe, have been living in France for years for many of them and not a single one will write in French. Talk of imperialistic attitude!
Now consider the number of blogs run by French expats in the US and make the comparison. Doesn't it speak volume?
Am I wrong to interpret this difference as a sign of open mindedness on the one side and some sort of refusal to interfere with the locals on the other side?
And please, spare me the "We're afraid to make mistakes in French, the French being so touchy about their language etc."
Aren't these people, although openly francophile, I don't doubt it, the same who would complain that the French are so difficult to make contact with, very formal etc. What about writing their language in the first place?
As a not so surprising result, people posting comments on these blogs are English or Americans. How's that for helping create inter cultural relations?