It's not my experience, but sadly it seems to be the general idea among Europeans, even then ones that have never been to the country.
places i have visit
Italy - i have been twice, I paid them more when i wanted to buy something and they give the money back and told me the real price, i got lost with my cousin they help me find my way, the next time i was with ppl from work again the ppl were nice, i remember visiting the Vatican and i saw a few Nuns Excited by the presence of someone who pass by us, tall with big cross and was dress with some kind of a Black gown so i thought maybe its a Cardinal so i forced two ppl from work to Chase him all over the St Petros and when we meet him i told him hey, are u a Cardinal he said yes and smile so i told him we are from israel and wanna take a picture with him, he was very very happy and took a few pictures with us and ask us to tell him about the holy land (i dont remember what i told him) i still have that picture when ppl dont believe my story.
spain - great ppl, soo nice again we got lost and a lady Just come with us to show us when was the store and the Site we wanted to see, the men didnt stop hit on me and my bff..cute men i gave 3 of them a kiss on the Cheek, the ppl from the hotel help us time and again.
i remember visiting a Church in Montserrat and i wanted to see the prayer us close but there was a big line and some Franciscan monk not far from us asked us in english what Language is it, is it heb? i told him yes one thing lead to another we got a Private Tour.
France - People refused to speak in English so well..
one good thing i remember being stuck on The train at Disney up high for 20 minutes bc of a problem and the technicians apologizeand they gave us ride as much as we wanted and even wanted to give us two tickets but i know the next day im leaving so no point but it was nice
Netherlands- Very very nice, when i meet a Local and somehow the talk got from when im they told me they used to work in a Kibbutz, it was pretty weird bc it was 6-7 ppl, Very patient and calm.
Belgium - the ppl were ok, they never smile, always had a sad face i didnt get why and when we took a taxi the driver said that Tourists is the only thing that keeps the country and he was also sad but i never know why..
Hungary - great ppl, Always told me im in the wrong direction, The people at the hotel were great and when i told them i need Western Union asap they left everything to help me.
i meet a policeman when i wanted Guidance and he start telling us about the History and all.
Austria- i was there for a short time but the ppl were nice
England - we didnt like the hotel and it was pretty late 3 girls without hotel at the streets of london until we saw a hotel we enter and i must say the ppl in the hotel were the sweetest i ever saw in a hotel, they had a room problem so everyday we closed our Luggage and when we came back they already moved us to another place, they even gave us the Suite when no other room was Available and didnt charge us for it ans helped us bc we had a problem with the agency in israel, i left them a 50 pound tip for the help and they were in tears
i must say that b4 i came i was sure the english are Snobbish, cold and unfriendly...god i was wrong
Every time we stopped people on the street, they helped us to the tiniest detail, there was an old lady with Many groceries at the tube and i didnt want to sit next to her so she will have all the room but she smiled and told me i cant sit its ok, whenever i smiled they smiled back, the Tour bus driver was hilarious, we got free drinks at the pub and the owner came to see me when my friend told him i never drink...Bit embarrassing but he gave me Coke.
just wonderful People, polite, smiling, very handsome men (we got a few phones and fb adresses..)
Greece - Was very nice of them to Explain to me in English about the Greek cuisine, At the hotel the lady help us to find the best shoe store and where we could buy the best Ouzo.
Bulgaria - veryyyyyyyy veryyy friendly hotel, they did their best so we will feel at home until i asked them to change the channels (With the satellite in the hotel they could see Israeli channels) i never felt at home so out of home...some of them answered in heb in the Basic words.
I was mainly in the tourist area and when we left out of town we had a very charming Bulgarian guide, at the pub the band let us take a picture with the owner and the band bc it was my bday (my friend told them) again i still have the picture.
Do you ever have anything bad to say about anyone or anything?
Of course. I am just curious, and would love people who've had a bad experience with the French to go into a bit more detail about why they are different (in a bad way) from many other countries. I personally don't see it, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not well travelled and haven't been on this planet for that long!
Most people say they don't make the effort to speak in English. That's bad enough, because some of them to speak English. In my case, and it happened to me, instead of being unhappy about it, I take the challenge and give it my best shot at French.
That's probably one of the reasons why I never had a beef with the French
I like the challenge