Having a good old verbal rumpus is considered healthy in France, perhaps more so if it takes place in public.
But one of the hardest things about living abroad is not knowing what to say when you get into a heated argument with a local, as inevitably happens from time to time.
And unless you've really mastered the langauge, you'll often be left frustrated and lost for words, wishing you had learned some useful one-line comebacks or putdowns that could give you the upper hand.
Have you ever been left fuming, when you couldn't even think of a good way to say "P*** off"?
Are you forced to swallow your pride, even when you know you're in the right? Well not any more – The Local has put together these 10 indispensable verbal missiles to keep in your argumentative arsenal.
Be warned, though, some of these may only get temperatures rising even further, although at least you'll have the satisfaction of having something to say.
Can you help us add to our list. Let us know your favourite French phrases to use in an argument.