Victory at any cost!
The French are mostly known for five things: Givenchy, Chanel, Hermès, Saint Laurent and surrendering when faced with both overwhelming and underwhelming odds. Oh, we all know, save the Battle of Waterloo, World War I, World War II, Vietnam etc., that the “surrendering” bit is a disgusting slur.
A nasty stereotype.
But for the ultra-xeno Francophobes still out there, though, the bravest man you ever did see paddled out, yesterday morning, to cold Bells Beach there on Australia’s south-eastern tip and punched an attacking Great White shark in the face.
An epic tale best told through The Sydney Morning Herald and let’s go there post haste.
A French surfer has fended off a shark near Bells Beach on Victoria’s Surf Coast, and escaped with just a few stitches.
Dylan Nacass, 23, was paddling at Southside beach on Friday when the shark came up behind him and latched onto his leg.
He managed to punch the shark twice in the face and was helped to shore by another surfer, Torquay man Matt Sedunary.
Mr Nacass escaped with lacerations to his leg, which required stitches, but is keen to get back out in the water.
“I really want to go back soon,” he told Nine. “Just when my leg, it’s OK. I’m going to go back to surf soon, I’m OK.”
“Just my leg?”
If we could clone young Dylan Nacass and send those carbon copies back in time they’d be speaking French in London, Berlin and much better French in Saigon.
None of that ugly Yankee inflection.
The entire drama was caught on film by another local, Graham Blade, who had posted up on the bluff and didn’t for one second pull focus from a potentially grisly scene.
Afterward, Sedunary said, “When you’re out in the water, you know sharks are out there. I’m pretty keen to get out there this afternoon. Get back out on the horse, as they say.”
À votre santé all around.
May the Kronenbourg 1664 flow like champagne tonight in Torquay, Sydney, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and anywhere the Legionnaire x ANZAC sprit reigns supreme.