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daniel

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If I were British and I wanted to live in France, I would open a fish and chips. There is none and I'm sure it would succeed in large citys (>100 000 people)

But I'm French and that's why 1. I know it would work and 2. I can't do it myself  :-)

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We have one fairly near to us Daniel, the interesting thing is that although a large number of local French people use it, they apparently buy everything else on the menu except fish. It seems the idea of fish fried in batter is too strange. By the way, it's not British in origin.

Chris

 

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I'm English (mostly, anyway) and I can't stand fish and chips. I used

to love them when I was a child. The chips these days always seem pasty

and lacking the crisp outsides of those in my memory (are they twice

fried in lard any longer?), and the emphasis seems to be on quantity

rather than anything else. As for the battered sausages.. [+o(]  ..should be illegal.

I notice that British made cakes seem to attract a lot of suspicion at

fetes where such items are sometimes sold alongside their French

equivalents. Perhaps there is some underground chatter about "mad cake"

disease that causes Englishmen to don white clothes and undertake

dangerous ritual games involving a lump of wood, a very hard ball that

moves quickly and is entirely too difficult to hit, and (generally) get

beaten hollow by whomsoever they have been decent enough to teach the

rules to (a process that normally takes about 200 years of

colonisation).

If one is able to persaude a Frenchman to actually eat some of the

aforementioned (I find kneeling on their chests, pinching their noses

until their mouths open and then stuffing it down their throats au gavage

quite effective) the usual response is a gallic equivalent of "gosh,

that's rather nice! May I have some more please?" However, I'm not sure

that a business based on this approach would work.

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[quote user="Christine Animal"]

Yes I know what you mean Jond, but I

was not very clear, by "cake" I meant what the French call cake, which

is fruitcake.  That is quite popular here.

 

[/quote]

True, true: but when I think of cake I always conjour up an image of

Maderia cake. For me, this is the acme of all cake, with carrot cake a

close second, particularly with a thick butter icing and smarties.

[sigh] I feel the need....the need to Bake a Cake!

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[quote user="chris pp"]

We have one fairly near to us Daniel, the interesting thing is that although a large number of local French people use it, they apparently buy everything else on the menu except fish. It seems the idea of fish fried in batter is too strange. By the way, it's not British in origin.

Chris

 

[/quote]

OK I'm wrong then, as I would have guessed just the opposite. As an ex expat in London, I thought I would know what the French would prefer : fish and chips but not saussages or sandwiches. I agree with the remark that runing a restaurant is hard work but remember that in a country where taxes are so high, this is where people cheat the taxman the most ...

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[quote user="Jc"]We had one in 34,but it closed after a few years;the owner told me he had to employ a French "sleeping partner" to get the licenses.[/quote]

Well, I'm definitely wrong : I'm in the 34 and never heard of a fish and chips around. "Sleeping partner" sounds like a nice job but you probably don't need this anymore with the EC rules.

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[quote user="Jc"].. told me he had to employ a

French "sleeping partner" to get the licenses.[/quote]

 

I

have been told several times by French people that the best way to learn the

language is to marry a French woman – which I guess would be the “sleeping

partner" bit but they never mentioned employing her [;)]

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