Swimspire, that sounds so in line with my experience. It's bizarre: the French swimmers (at least the ones I encountered, not to generalize too much) are indifferent to other swimmers, yet hypersensitive about their territory. I was reprimanded for coming into physical contact with someone. "You must not touch the other swimmers." This, in a constant state of of playing aquatic chicken. What do they expect?
ddl, yes he was most definitely French! Red60, I know - people become almost like robots in the pools! I think most frustrating for me was the practice of pushing off the wall as you approach, despite the fact that you're obviously way faster than they are. And the breaststroke kick that made it impossible to pass without getting a sharp kick in the ribs. Definitely made me super appreciative of getting back home to a comparatively nearly empty pool!! But like I said, I enjoyed living in France apart from the swimming situation
Sounds interesting. My impression had been that the French were more "civil" . For example, once I was watching some event like a parade on the street of Paris among the crowds on a light rainy day. I was holding an umbrella, and the umbrella got too close to someone without umbrella, about to touch her but didn't, and she gave me a stare. Similar reaction when walking fast in the metro and nearly bumped into someone.