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    Quote Originally Posted by Stude Star View Post
    i lived in the Dordogne for 6 months with the Mustang.

    Nothing prepared me for how authoritarian France is, people say it's socialist but the Channel may as well be 2000 miles wide, the difference between here and there is mega. Basically Europeans are used to 'in your face' Nazi type authority, the cops have zero banter or common sense, they just straight faced jobsworths. The trick is to stay out of their way and don't draw attention to yourself, don't drive like a loon as they love a speed trap/cameras, don't get known as that guy who drives fast around your village or they'll be on you (or the locals will). There's a lot of envy in France from the locals, they'll see your ride and probably ignore it or turn their nose up. They are a miserable bunch of *******s, they're used to the state providing for them and there's no sense of entrepreneurship over there so they all end up with a clapped out old clio, except for the Mayor who swans around in a new Merc collecting backhanders.

    ....that being said I enjoyed it there, I met some really nice expats and a few nice French people, we had fun down the local bar (run by and Aussie and a French couple), the scenery is lovely and you have the space to not be on top of each other. It was winter and very cold at night so I didn't get to go to any shows, but apparently there's more stuff going on than I realised.

    Oh and make sure you do plenty of brake checking to those tail gating pests, it was my favourite pastime.
    Yup, that's the impression I have of most folk there.
    It was the same in Germany, all straight laced and superior....but when I went to the Ring it soon became apparent they haven't got a fkn clue about "organisation" in reality.
    The so called "marshalls" were fkn useless and fkd about till there was only 30mins of track time left....I'd been there 3 days ....and they decide to rent the track to some fkn "team building" scumbags in 1600cc wannabe single seaters.
    They didnt give a fk about someone driving 900 miles to use their track @ €30 a go and when we questioned why as we had checked their "calendar" and it was a TF day they just laughed and said "LOL, dont take any notice of that we do what we want, ring up the day before to check".....like we can ring up and then set off just like that....fkn arrogant ****s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stude Star View Post
    i lived in the Dordogne for 6 months with the Mustang.

    Nothing prepared me for how authoritarian France is, people say it's socialist but the Channel may as well be 2000 miles wide, the difference between here and there is mega. Basically Europeans are used to 'in your face' Nazi type authority, the cops have zero banter or common sense, they just straight faced jobsworths. The trick is to stay out of their way and don't draw attention to yourself, don't drive like a loon as they love a speed trap/cameras, don't get known as that guy who drives fast around your village or they'll be on you (or the locals will). There's a lot of envy in France from the locals, they'll see your ride and probably ignore it or turn their nose up. They are a miserable bunch of *******s, they're used to the state providing for them and there's no sense of entrepreneurship over there so they all end up with a clapped out old clio, except for the Mayor who swans around in a new Merc collecting backhanders.

    ....that being said I enjoyed it there, I met some really nice expats and a few nice French people, we had fun down the local bar (run by and Aussie and a French couple), the scenery is lovely and you have the space to not be on top of each other. It was winter and very cold at night so I didn't get to go to any shows, but apparently there's more stuff going on than I realised.

    Oh and make sure you do plenty of brake checking to those tail gating pests, it was my favourite pastime.
    In my experience its the expats that are ****ers. 6 months in Dordoignshire, pfft hardly representative of France<<<<<; And you gravitated to English speaking places/people because...let me guess you dont speak French...how you going to banter with anyone let alone the police? Complete tosh, been here eleven years and been accepted completely, but then Im a biker and dont put people in boxes

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    I agree the ex pat thing is a problem, you simply have to adapt....its no use expecting a chip shop and a copy of the Sun at the end of every street.

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