Recently whilst on holiday with a French friend in the medieval Spanish city of Toledo, a massive debate errupted between us on European culture, its history and its origins.
The debate was provoked by the city itself, one where Christendom and the Caliphate have both left indellible marks. At one point, my friend asserted that Morroco, Algeria and Turkey were 'European' and should be admitted to the European Union. I disagreed fundamentally.
Later, I stated baldly that France and England have much more in common with one another in every sense -- religiously, ethnically, historically, philosophically -- than France has with Algeria.
"Non!" was the reply. "You are wrong. Wrong!"
So, what are the view of the Politics.ie posters? Has France more in common with England with whom it shares the Roman legacy, Christian origins, the Norman link, the Plantagenets, the Crusades jointly fought, a linguistic relationship, medievalism, the Black Death, numerous wars, Teutonic parentage, the experience of empire, the Enlightenment and so forth, or with Algeria -- a country that in my view it shares comparitively little in common with.