Mark once attended a French exam wearing a striped jumper with a string of onions around his neck - something that was virtually recreated in a scene in Taken involving a policeman.
Over time, Wittertainment has touched on the subject of stereotypical Frenchman a number of times. Peak Frenchman would seem to be:
- On a bicycle
- Wearing a striped jumper
- With a string of onions around his neck
- Whilst smoking a Gaulouses
- Smelling of cheese
- Avoiding a bath
- Retreating and collaborating
- As Sacha Distel music plays
- And reading existential philosophy
- And having an affair.
An old advert for Cointreau liqueur is a good way to practice your French accent. Especially the line "ze bitter virtues of ORANGES".
Occasionally, other members of 5 Live's staff help Mark and Simon out with their French translations - not only the aforementioned Nicolas but also the voices in the head, or travel presenter Nick Duncalf, who helped solve the great Unforgiven conundrum.