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If you are looking for some funny and inspiring quotes about French people, you’ve come to the right place.

As a French person myself, I know that we have quite a reputation and some of the stereotypes are true, others a lot less but whichever way, if there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that everyone has an opinion on the French.

Whether you love us or hate us, these quotes about the French and Parisians will make you laugh but also give you an idea of what to expect from us.

They can also be used as Instagram captions for your photos of France.

1. “God invented Parisians so foreigners wouldn’t understand anything about French people.” – Alexandre Dumas (French writer)

Original quote in French: Dieu a inventé le Parisien pour que les étrangers ne puissent rien comprendre aux Français.

2. “French people are so proud of their wine, they named many French cities after the names of Grand Cru vintage wine” – Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet)

3. “French people like realism. They think that if actors are too beautiful, the movie is not realistic. It only “looks” like a movie.” Roman Polanski (French-Polish film director)

Original quote in French: Les Français aiment le réalisme ; ils pensent que si les comédiens sont trop beaux, le film ne ressemble pas à la réalité. Il a l’air d’un film.

4. “French people, wherever they look for it, need marvels and wonders.” – Charles De Gaulle

Original quote in French: Les Français, où qu’ils le cherchent, ont besoin de merveilleux.

5. “French people speak quickly but act slowly.” – Voltaire (French Enlightenment writer)

Original quote in French: Les français parlent vite et agissent lentement.

6. “ French people get on my nerves. A lot! But I don’t know any other language so I’ve got to speak to them.” – Michel Audiard (French screenwriter and film director)

Original quote in French: Les Français m’agacent prodigieusement, mais comme je ne connais aucune langue étrangère, je suis bien obligé de parler avec eux.

7. “Ah the French! They are like camembert, they don’t travel very well”- Claude Zidi (French film director)

Original quote in French: “Ah, les Français, ça voyage mal, c’est comme le camembert !”

This is definitely one of the most hilarious quotes about France. With this sentence, Claude Zidi refers to the fact that French people are known to be bad tourists (rude, no tipping…).

8. “What the French did in 1789 was the biggest effort anyone ever made.” – Alexis de Tocqueville (French aristocrat)

Original quote in French: Les Français ont fait en 1789 le plus grand effort auquel se soit jamais livré aucun peuple.

This quote refers to the French Revolution in 1789. When they rebelled against the monarchy, killed the king and fought for freedom.

9. “To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.” – Victor Hugo (French poet and novelist)

10. “France may be the only country in the world where the rich are sometimes brilliant.” – Lillian Hellman (American playwright and author)

11. “The French are romantics but they’re also realists.” – Mindy from Emily in Paris

12. “The French believe that kids feel confident when they’re able to do things for themselves, and do those things well. After children have learned to talk, adults don’t praise them for saying just anything. They praise them for saying interesting things, and for speaking well.” – Pamela Druckerman (American writer)

13. “English fondness for France is normally a sort of neutron love: take away the people and leave the buildings standing.” – Anthony Lane (British journalist)

14. “I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.” – Josephine Baker (American-born French entertainer)

15. “Far be it from a French man to interfere with love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri (American author)

16. “Everyone remembers their first taste of Paris. This will be his.” – Kristin Hannah (American writer)

17. “It is true that in France, women put on less things. If they have a necklace, they don’t put on earrings; if they have nail polish, they don’t put on all their rings and all their bracelets.” – Ines de La Fressange (French fashion designer and perfumer)

18. “Maybe it can’t be proven statistically, but it’s a safe bet that any given American on his or her first trip to France will at some point remark with indignation that he or she had thought the French were supposed to be so polite.” – Jack Iams (American writer)

19. “The Frenchman is first and foremost a man. He is likeable often just because of his weaknesses, which are always thoroughly human, even if despicable.” – Henry Miller (American author)

20. “In French culture, the best way of buying time or getting off the hook entirely in a thorny personal situation is to claim that it’s complicated. The French did not invent love, but they did invent romance, so they’ve had more time than any other culture on earth to refine the nuances of its language.” – Mark Zero (American author)

21. “He was a Parisian,’ he said. ‘You can never be sure what Parisians believe in – beyond Paris of course.” – Ben Aaronovitch (English author)

22. “We are all very much alike in France in this respect; we still remain knights, knights of love and fortune, since God has been abolished whose bodyguard we really were. But nobody can ever get woman out of our hearts; there she is, and there she will remain, and we love her, and shall continue to love her, and go on committing all kinds of follies on her account as long as there is a France on the map of Europe; and even if France were to be wiped off the map, there would always be Frenchmen left.” – Guy de Maupassant (French author)

23. “I cannot prevent the French from being French.” – Charles de Gaulle (Former President of France)

24. “The French do not respect people who deny themselves any pleasure at all, and, despite what they might try to tell the world, they take food even more seriously than sex.” – Stephen Clarke (British author) / Talk to the snail

25. “The French are a philosophical nation. They go around saying ‘C’est la vie’ and talking about everything’s raison d’etre.” – Stephen Clarke (British author) / Talk to the snail

26. “The French are pretty shameless about telling politically incorrect jokes” – Stephen Clarke (British author) / Merde Actually

27. “The French are impossible people who keep saying that impossible is not French” – Robert Sabatier (French Poet)

28. “The French have a penchant for absolutism, for thinking that things are all one way or all another, which is why their politics are marked by a general inability to compromise and why they tend to hold their personal opinions until the bitter end, even after they have clearly lost an argument.” – Mark Zero (American author)

Original quote in French: Les Français sont ces gens impossibles qui répètent qu’impossible n’est pas français.

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