A young man missed his last train in Brugges. He had to look for a hotel. At the station he phoned his French speaking girlfriend to explain he couldn't make it. Of course he phoned in French. A guy interrupts this private conversation by punching in his back saying: "In Brugge spreken we Vlaams!" (In Bruges we speak Flemish.) The young man thought he didn't have to explain why he phoned in French and went on. A few seconds later he is pulled at his shoulder and receives a serious fist blow in his face. He bleeds and looses one tooth.
The French actor Stéphane Bern sitting on a terrace in Brugges cannot get a drink. The waiter refuses to serve him because he speaks French.
And then, on October 17, 2008, the 14 year old Sara. Perfectly bilingual: She walks home with a friend after school. They gossip and tattle in French. They are surrounded by three other girls from school. One is sending an SMS. Another reproaches Sara that she speaks French in Flanders. Sara tries to defend herself but a few minutes later the mates of the other girls appear at the scenery. Sara receives 38 stabs of a cutter knife. While they stab, they shout: "Geen Frans, we zijn hier in Vlaanderen." (No French, We are in flanders here.)
The French are given a taste of their own medicine in Flanders: