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Weird French survey o' the week

If folk keep commissioning odd surveys, I'm going to keep writing them up, so for readers' delectation I present 'The French and the Sea':

They like it. They like it so much that they want to live next to it, with 37% wishing to live on the coast, up from 32% three years ago and 26% in 1999 (1). Conversely, 'the countryside' is waning in its appeal, dropping from 43% to 39% to 36%. Towns and 'the mountains' make up the remainder. Which all begs the question, what about rural places on the littoral with mountains behind?

Further, some 62% of our Gallic chums claim to be interested in marine flora and fauna. I will be very wary of any French person striking up a lift conversation next time I am outre mer. 53% are interested in the sea 'in a general sense', and 51% in the 'safety of maritime transport'. As God is my witness, I am NOT making this up. Elsewhere, some 14% are interested in the French Navy, and 24% in marine 'social and economic activity'. I'm not making that up either.

And on it goes:

'Do you agree that the sea is the future of the earth?' 48% gave an emphatic yes, 41% a more guarded yes, and 11% did not agree. I suspect that 'Thalassa', a French Sunday evening (I think) TV prog on all things marine may have a lot to answer for.

Some 39% of Gauls think that they overdo it on the fishing front, with 25% thinking that they do not fish enough. 80% want more tidal barrages, wind farms and so on. Maybe once they have had a few views runied they will think otherwise.

The rest of the survey is too dull worthy for further exegesis.



(1) Because I am bad person, I consider that no sighting of the sea is complete without declaiming a bit of Joyce: "The snot green sea. The scrotum tightening sea"

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Blogger JuliaM said... 6:24 pm

"'Do you agree that the sea is the future of the earth?' 48% gave an emphatic yes, 41% a more guarded yes, and 11% did not agree. I suspect that 'Thalassa', a French Sunday evening (I think) TV prog on all things marine may have a lot to answer for."

Or, possibly, they are nostalgic 'Seaquest:DSV' fans?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:29 pm

Can't say I had ever heard of it. The other possibility is 'Stingray'.....  



Blogger Pavlov's Cat said... 7:59 pm

or 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:38 pm

And not forgetting ol' Jacques Cousteau himself.  



Anonymous Geoff said... 10:18 am

French warships are of course built with glass bottoms so that the new French navy can look at the old French navy.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:29 am

Geoff - And no discussion of such is complete without a nod to Mers El Kebir.

Serendipitously, I misrembered the name as Tel el Kebir, and miracle of miracles, there is a McGonagall poem about that:

YE sons of Great Britain, come join with me,
And sing in praise of Sir Garnet Wolseley;
Sound drums and trumpets cheerfully,
For he has acted most heroically.


More here for the strong of nerve.  



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