Bitter French tell Britain 'Good riddance' over Twitter after Brexit

A poster which reads "Brexit, And now France" is seen at the France's far-right National Front political party headquarters in Nanterre near Paris on June 24, 2016.
A poster which reads "Brexit, And now France" is seen at the France's far-right National Front political party headquarters in Nanterre near Paris on June 24, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Twitter was the go-to soapbox on Friday (June 24) for the French to vent their anger - as well as predictable digs at "Les Anglais" - over the Brexit vote.

The hashtag #BonDebarras - Good Riddance - spoke for itself, but one user sniped: "Les Anglais are beginning to realise that most Europeans are delighted that they are splitting."

Other snarky tweets recalled that Britain had always had an arm's-length relationship with the European Union, having opted out of the euro, the visa-free Schengen zone and the Common Agricultural Policy.

"Have they ever really been part of the EU?" one asked.

Said another: "They were a pain in the ass when they wanted in, now they're a pain in the ass going out: The English are the cats of Europe."

In the midst of the Euro 2016 football championship, with a possible quarter-final showdown looming between England and France, many questioned whether the English side still had a right to take part.

"Let's kick out the England team. They don't have visas," one user said.

The inevitable references to British cuisine (not) included one tweet posting a picture of Marmite, calling it "a little something the English can keep all for themselves".

"The English... vote like they cook, it's diabolical," another said.

A photo captioned "Brexit in one picture" showed a table laden with an abundance of European noshes including a French pastry, German sausage and Italian pasta, with a plate of baked beans off in a corner.

Using the age-old French term of endearment for the English - Les Rosbifs, an approximation of roast beef - another Twitternaut wrote: "To celebrate this historic British referendum day I've enjoyed the traditional feast of Les Rosbifs: curry."

One tweet stood out as a reminder of why the English and the French have been entwined in a love-hate relationship for centuries.

"The English are really a proud and stupid people. You'd think they were French."