To the French everyone else is a joke. For many, many years French children were taught in school that only French culture was relevant. Oh how it must hurt them that English has become the lingua franca of the world. A hundred years after Hastings, Norman French families were having to send to France for tutors to teach their children how to speak proper French. Such was the power of the emerging English language.
To understand why English has replaced French look at the following site for the conjugation of the verb to kiss in French where it is a regular verb. http://www.learn-french-help.com/french-for-kiss.html I shudder to think of the irregular French verbs. English is so elegant in its simplicity.