The bar au vin (wine bar).
We sat down, selected a wine from the list of vin au verre (wines by the glass) and also got the cheese plate.
When the man came back with our wine and cheese, he asked us where we were from (no doubt hearing my accent).
When we told him where we were from, it was surprisingly not the girl from California but the boy from le Nord who was the topic of conversation.
“Moi, je suis de Toulouse, qui est aussi plus nord d’ici, mais pas assez au nord que vous!” (I’m from Toulouse, which is north of here, but nowhere near as far north as you!) he told FBF.
“Vous ne buvez pas du vin là bas, non?” (You don’t drink wine up there, do you?) he continued.
FBF confirmed that in le Nord people are more partial to beer than wine.
I then learned a little bit about the opinion the rest of France has towards Lillois.
“Ça c’est parce que vous n’êtes pas les vrais français!” (That’s because you aren’t actually French!) he exclaimed, brimming with pride to be from le Sud (the South).
FBF had the good nature to laugh, but I was taken aback. It's one thing for Americans and other foreigners to view the French as nothing but red wine drinking baguette lovers, but actual French people thinking the same thing? I was astounded.
Then I realized that half the time I tell people about Lille, I talk about how we're more Belgian than French anyway. Maybe all of France knows this, too.
And really, what's so wrong with a having a preference for beer?