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The French love politics and are often very passionate about it. This could be due to France's centuries-old tradition of philosophical and political thought, with the likes of Rousseau, Robespierre, Napoléon, Charles de Gaulle or Jean-Paul Sartre enjoying international renown. On the other hand, it could be down to the natural tendency of the French to argue about anything... or both.
In France, everything you do, from shopping to reading, has a political meaning. But strangely this French obsession with politics and political ideas is matched by a real hatred of politicians... another of those French paradoxes. For various reasons, in the last few years French politicians have managed to gain a terrible reputation. Deservedly or not, they are now often characterised as a bunch of liars, parasites and control freaks. Ironically this hasn't prevented the French from voting for them.

(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, v = Verlan (back-slang), Lit. = literally)

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Argument Class Drinking Family
Food Friends Going out Health
Interjections Money Moods Music
Play up/Play down Politics Professions Pulling

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