Published: 05 Mar 2013 19:03 GMT+01:00 | Print version
Updated: 05 Mar 2013 19:03 GMT+01:00
Ok, maybe your French is pretty good by now, or at least you can get by. There’s one thing that the textbooks won’t teach you, though: the weird and wonderful language of French insults. Check out our list to expand your repertoire.
Has a French (so-called) friend ever called you a "vache espagnole" (a Spanish cow) or, worse, a "lavette" (dish cloth)?
The chances are you haven't got a clue what they are on about or you've got completely the wrong end of the stick.
To help you out and amuse you The Local has put together a list of some of the weirdest of all French insults. Use with caution. You have been warned.
Click here to view our gallery of the Top Ten weirdest French insults.
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