Britain is sexier than France, says Jean Paul Gaultier

23 April 2014

If the French are flocking to Britain, it’s not just down to a 75 per cent tax hike on the super-rich. Multi-millionaire designer, Jean Paul Gaultier comes to the UK for a different reason.

“The British have a lot of connection with the sexual, which is something that I appreciate. None of this ‘No sex- we are British.’ It is more like ‘A lot of sex- we are British!’”

The designer, who opened a retrospective exhibition in the Barbican this month, told Mr S that the French are “snobbish” and he comes to London to “to have fun”.

“Britain represents iconoclastic creativity, individuality – things that we don’t know so much in France.”

Tax that President Hollande.

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  • rjbh

    there is no such country as Britain, you must be refering to the city state of London.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    France has some seriously bizarre legislation. Witness its insane
    Holocaust denial laws: Specifically, should you say that it wasn’t the Nazis
    that killed those 30,000 Polish officers and intellectuals in Katyn Forest in
    1940, then slammer time beckons. The Soviets coughed to that particular war
    crime decades ago, but under French law everything decided at Nuremberg is
    written in stone. France, where the truth is no defence.
    Keep this in mind when considering France as your emigration host nation
    or even taking a vacation.

  • Sophie

    “It’s not just down to a 75 per cent tax hike on the super-rich.” This tax does not exist in France ! Thank you for remembering that for your next articles about France.

  • The Grouse

    Over for a bit of ‘le vice anglais’

  • Hexhamgeezer

    JPG is spot on. I’ve just returned from a testosterone and oestrogen fuelled night in Wetherspoons. Clad in Milletts and DM’s we cut such a swathe through the DLA and pension funded crew.

  • jack

    Is the the designer who went on the drunken anti-semetic rant a while back? Hard to keep your french designers straight (not that any of them are straight).

    • Donafugata

      No, that was John Galliano.

      JPG is the fun one who used to do the hilarious “Eurotrash” with
      Antonine de Caunes.

  • Liz

    France is the most boring country in the world.

    • Kitty MLB

      Somewhat overrated. Food is passable, culture reasonable, weather far too
      similar to ours. And as for the men, who walk alongside their wives/ girlfriends
      and give you the eye. I always want to trip them up.
      (prefer beautiful Italy for culture, creativity and the people are quite charming )
      Yes, he is correct I suppose, although not shallow enough to be that familiar
      with him. English have a sweet charm which is endearing and attractive.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      Try provincial Sweden. You will see that the phrase ‘bored to tears’ isn’t hyperbole.

  • transponder

    I’m British but never mind the under/over formulation (the Brits about Americans: ‘Oversexed, overpaid, and over here'; the Americans in retort — and you have to admit it’s a score: ‘Undersexed, underpaid, and under Eisenhower’.)

    I am a British American that is unsexed, unpaid, and neither here nor there. So what now, Monsieur Gaultier?

  • Rocksy

    I’m British and I’m not sure what it is.

    • transponder

      I like that not knowing what it is, as in this incredible song:

      • Rocksy

        Great song. Great group.

      • Realpolitik

        I prefer Jim Carrey’s version; it’s rather entertaining.

        • transponder

          Mm, very send-uppy, what fragment I saw. But not really — because the original is searing and I don’t know any other music like it. ‘She Left Home’ by Djamel ben Yelles is like that. It’s an eruption of creative my-god-yes!

          • Realpolitik

            Doesn’t have the entertainment factor.

  • Realpolitik

    I’m British and I’m not getting any.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Ship yourself somewheres east of Suez, where English gentleman is flavour of the month. You`ll never want for pleasurable company.

      • transponder

        Yes, but what do they of you all??!!!

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          Is this a, “Rearrange the following words to make a well-known phrase or saying?”

          • transponder

            I seem to have left out the key verb. In that case, feel free to supply your own!

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