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The French girl who loves nothing more than France

Main characteristics:

Régine is immensely attractive in an understated kind of way, but she always seems to be mildly dissatisfied about something. Her pout and way of looking away when people talk to her puts off a lot of people, but mostly because her disinterest in them makes them want to be her friend even more. Making her laugh will make your day. She is equally popular with guys and girls, who all imagine that because she is from France, she will be sexually liberal and will be able to teach them a few things. In fact, she is from a sleepy suburb of Lyon, where she grew up in a Catholic family. Her pride in her home country is often mistaken for nationalism even though she is probably the most sincere socialist any American will ever meet. She is the only person on this list able to tilt her head and with a lingering smile say: "Ah, that is so American" and make any American feel like she just called you Eurotrash.

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Image: Ingres (PD)
Jeanne D'arc, Régine's idol. A French heroine, what's not to love?

Memorable quotes:

"Well, there is no doubt that modern philosophy is rooted in France. We would still be living in caves if it weren't for Descartes."

"Sartre is undoubtedly the most intelligent man who ever lived. And I don’t care if he adopted his mistress."

"Ah, you are going to a fraternity party? That is so… American."

Favourite thing about USA:

Finding true common ground with Americans by hating Canadians.

Called Eurotrash by:

Punks who think she is a French nationalist. Conservatives who think she is a communist.

BONUS: the Brit who insists on using British words and not American

"Blimey, it sure is parky weather, innit? That tosser in the lorry almost rode me down! Anyone up for catching a pint and watching the footy later? By the way, what is all this about Eurotrash? I'd rather call it… Continental rubbish!"

Front image: Madame Tafetán (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

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