To the chinese, 2005 is the year of "le coq". Our French teacher asked us whether we knew why "le coq" is used to represent "les Francais". Nobody knew. He said and I quote (please, it is just a quote from him, in English) : That's because le coq is the only bird which can still sing with its feet in shit. I could not believe my ears. I asked : C'est vrai? And he said : oui, oui. I asked again : Tu plaisantes?! He acted out le coq in shit in response. Okay, was he joking? If he was not, is what he described a positive quality to the French people? If he was, what is the reason for picking le coq ? This seems to be the better place to pose this question, although it seems to be more a cultural issue. Thank you.