Thursday, November 08, 2007

Honesty Will Get You Everywhere

From Reuters: It's official: you don't have to live in France

Ask most Britons if they would rather live in France and they'd probably answer "oui." But British judges have ruled that two English boys who hate living there don't have to.

The boys, 11 and 16, who have a French mother and a British father, were taken to live in France after the parents' marriage broke down. But during a visit to England they asserted their "Britishness" and refused to return to live with their mother.

The mother took the case to court, arguing that she had a right to decide where they should live and that the father had put the children up to it, the Times newspaper reported.

But three of Britain's most senior judges decided the boys had an inherent right to refuse to live in France, where nearly 300,000 Britons have chosen to live.

Describing the case as "not just exceptional but very exceptional," the chief judge said it was clear the children really disliked the country and hadn't settled in.

They preferred England because, apparently, they could "walk to school, could have their own key and would not have to do as much homework."

Teenagers not wanting to do homework? Who would have guessed?


Tom said...

Why would limeys want to live in France? I though they hated the frogs, with the animosity extending back to 1066.

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

Well...they do have good/great wine...and better weather...and a national soccer team that doesn't need to look back to the 1960's for its last taste of glory...real mountains...real beach resorts where beautiful women can and do go topless....

What they don't have is a nice eel pie.