Sunday, November 15, 2009

The NZ Series # 6 - The French as viewed by NZ'ers

The relationship between New Zealanders and the French is a troubled one. Maybe here is a reason for the minor presence of the beret in this country..?
The animosity is partly taken over from the British (NZ still identifies largely with the old colonizer), but French government terrorism (blowing up Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor) and the
long term nuclear testing by France in NZ's back garden didn't help much either.
Neither did the latest incident with French rugby player Bastareaud claiming he was beaten up by a gang of Maori in Wellington (despite his apologies in the end).

But, it does provide me with some pictures of berets in the country's media.

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