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London, Paris and the Olympics

Reader comment on item: Weak Brits, Tough French

Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Jul 12, 2005 at 11:36

WE GOT THE OLYMPICS! This was the head-line of an e-mail I received last week by a British friend of mine.

Then, the British press went on to declare that London had won the race to host the Olympics because it is more multi-cultural than Paris and Madrid.

London is more multi-cultural than Paris, and it does not matter if President Chirac of France mocks Britain for its bad food.

The Paris of "bonne cusine" and traditions is no match for the London of multi-culturalism where 100 languages are spoken.

London has won the right to host the Olympics because it hosts more cultures and religions. Who cares about the Eiffel Tower and French food and wine?

London has got Indian and Pakistani food and kebab shops. Most importantly, London is open-minded and Paris isn't.

London is the capital of the world in the true sense of the word. Old Kent Road is more multi-cultural than St.Denis de la Chapelle.

Yes, there are 5 million Muslims in France. But they are not even allowed to dress Islamically.

They are expected to be French. Britain is more tolerant than France and that is why it got the Olympics.

The day after London wakes up and the first bomb goes off at 8.49 at Liverpool St. Station. It must be an electric malfunction.

A few people have died. But it is not a bomb. It is just an accident. After a few minutes, a bomb goes off at King's Cross St. Pancras, then it is bus number 30 at Travistock Square, and then it is a train at Edgware Road Station.

Ironically, Edgware Road is a Muslim neighbourhood, and the Lebanese cuisine is excellent there. Lebanon? Isn't that a French colony?

French cuisine should be found in Paris, not in London. It is found in Edgware Road, London.

Multicultural food has helped London to move up the ladder in the ranking of the world's finest restaurants. It even beats Paris.

But on the 7th of July 2005, it was much better to be a Parisian.

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