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We have succeeded in impressing the French

Which is nice. Le Parisien's man in London seems quite overawed by our not panicking about swine flu:

"With more than 30 dead and 100,000 new cases last week, the UK is the European country most affected [by swine flu]. Psychosis is a long way from taking hold".

"At the entrance to Harrods (1), at stations, pubs and theatres there are no signs about H1N1...One sees the odd mask here and there, but these are generally sported as a preventative measure by Spanish, Japanese and Chinese tourists.... The population has kept, overall, its legendary phlegmatism. 'Swine flu? The punters are talking about it, but not as much as about football' said a Piccadilly barmaid".

Fond though I am of our Gallic chums, a sense of proportion when it comes to health and inefficiency is not their thing.

(1). The French always end up calling it ''arolds'. Listen out for it.

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