Which Wine Goes Best With Sidearms?
I've been thinking about this for a few days now: "French Riot Police Furious Over Ban on Wine During Lunch".
I'm trying to imagine a scenario in which the response to any members of law enforcement anywhere in this country upset they can't drink on the job is met with anything other than, "Are you F'ing Kidding?"
The somewhat notorious French riot police are quite upset that new rules demand they not drink beer or wine with lunch. In fact, they are outraged over the new rules.
The head of the French Police Union has this to say:
"In 11 years, I've never seen a problem caused by a colleague in an inebriated state. [The] officers do not have any more or less alcohol problems than anybody else in society. They should be allowed to drink in moderation."
I'm going to assume they mean to say that any problem associated with these officers were never a result of inebriation, rather than the notion that these officers problems happened despite their inebriation.
As comical as this is, what's really my point here is that if you ever needed an example of the differences between the American and French culture—and I admit one more example likely isn't necessary—this one is perfect. It also jibes with the general subject matter of this blog.
More from AOLnews on this issue:
"According to a specific French law, alcohol is banned while employees are at work — with the exception of wine, beer, apple cider and pear cider. The French find it perfectly acceptable to drink a moderate amount of beer or wine at lunch during workdays."
I too find it perfectly acceptable to drink a moderate amount of beer, wine, apple cider, and pear cider at lunch. In fact, I don't think I have a problem with drinking a bit of spirits with my lunch. However, I don't carry a sidearm—let alone riot clubs.