It does get a bit jumbled, in this "united" Europe of ours, where everyone was at war with their neighbor at one time or another. Â I was once scheduling, in person, a subsequent meeting with a German, and twice had to decline because these were days when we were celebrating a victory other them. He didn't realize it right away, finally asked why these days were holidays, and I had to answer. Â Not a very comfortable moment. Â I communicate with Europeans on a daily basis, and thank goodness, when they first learn I am French, they are typically pleased and interested. Â If we are talking French revolution era, then I prefer the Julien de St Preux style: http://www.ecranlarge.com/jaquette-261.php
But really, ViroBono, aren't you pleased you guys lost the battle of Hastings? Â Your dictionary would be about half the size it is now, if you hadn't.