this was the response, but even so it pays to be prepared when dealing with Les Francais.
In the hope of not stirring up international hostilities, I must confess I have never had problems with " Les Francais"- even when I have been blatently wrong!!!
(got caught at 200 kph in my youth- and got away with it FOC. Perahps that was when men were men and the law open to discussion!!!!
The other time was when testing my boat - went to Calais and entered without port permission and got slung into jail and they took 3 hours to check me out- but they were right and I was wrong.However, I find them courteous and not out to make trouble. They do appreciate people who try to speak their language...but they cant make me out.. There is a slight quebec accent coupled with some Belgium slang.. Garish would go down fine with them!!!!!!!!!!!