La France aux Franglais

Having lost his battleships as a Navy officer just off Mers el-Kébir, my dad is absolutely appalled by my anglophilia. France has brought to the world the kick of libertinage and the spice of intellectual terrorism – Laclos and Boulez. The Brits have taught us how to keep our sentimentality at bay, how to position a ginger cat on a windowsill, and, last but not least, how to deal with the sheer absurdity of life with a sense of whimsiness rivalled only by the Jews. Make a choice if you can – I can’t.