Following Carol, Brian and Andrew's recent debate regarding the merits of France and the UK, it set me puzzling as to how non French,native English speaking folk see themselves in France!
A potted history of myself first of all, to see where I am coming from -
British born, I was brought up in Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool until University. I then lived in Dundee, Scotland where I qualified as a doctor and then moved the Isle of Man, to work as a GP and am still here 35 years later. We have now had a holiday home in the Aude for 18 months and feel very comfortable in our village, Pepieux.
So, am I British, English, Lancastrian, or Manx? I personally see myself as Northern English born, specifically Lancastrian, but Manx and proud of it now. My wife is Scottish, and feels the same and my children, both Manx born are just that Manx, neither English nor Scottish.
On a similar vein, but replacing the Isle of Man with France, how do you see yourselves -a Brit or Irish or American abroad, or is your heart now French?