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  • You've got to love the French.

    Faced with a sign saying "road blocked", they refuse to accept it.

    Today, this accumulation of signage is just up the road from my house. If I happen to be pottering outside I will be accosted by motorists and the conversation will proceed along these lines:

    "Is the road really blocked?"

    "Well, as far as I know... I haven't actually tried to get through. Because it says it's blocked..."

    "Oh well." (Big gallic shrug). "I'll risk it."
  • Of course, the fact that it says it's blocked in 2100 kilometres may have something to do with their scepticism.
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