After David Cameron delivered a resounding Eurosceptic "no" at a recent EU summit, provoking snide comments from politicians in the French media about how Britain really shouldn't keep its AAA credit rating, one might have been forgiven for thinking that cross-Channel relations were frostier than the icy temperatures that have been hitting the Hexagon this week.
Then some expat woman had the gall (Gaul?) to publish a book about how French kids are so much better behaved than their UK counterparts, provoking outrage in the comment boxes of the Guardian and making expat bloggers everywhere question why we Brits are obsessed with analysing why the French do everything better while they couldn't care less about how we raise our children, feed our families or knot our neckwear.
Fear not, fellow voyagers across the great Franco-British divide. Our cross-channel cousins love us really, as the following photos, taken in a well-known French furnishing retail outlet will testify:
Either that or they're just selling off stock before the Scottish Nationalists dis-unite the Kingdom for the next 300 years.