Allo! Salut! Coucou! Bonjour La France!
Regular visitors to this humble Yorkshire blog may already be wondering why this post has begun with a happy greeting to our Gallic neighbours across La Manche (English Channel). Well, my jolly amis de Blogeur, it is all to do with this blog's statistics.
Regarding audience locations, Yorkshire Pudding's leaders have always been Great Britain (aka UK) and The United States of America. Other countries that have consistently figured in the audience top ten are Australia, Canada and Germany.
However, in the past month, the majority of page views have been from France - 24,481 in total compared with only 6,433 from the USA and 4438 from Great Britain.
It's hard to know what's happening - especially as there have been no visitor comments from France that I am aware of. . If you are French and you are reading this post, please suggest why there has been such a surge in page views from your jolie country. Merci beaucoup.
I have read a couple of articles recently about Russian involvement in Western European politics. Some believe that British social media and opinion polling were both infiltrated by Russian trolls ahead of our depressing Brexit decision. They may also be digging away under the surface to bring nationalist Marine Le Pen to power in France.
I don't fully understand what is going on but it is not inconceivable that this somehow explains the puzzling numerical growth in visits from France. Alternatively, a legion of innovative French teachers may be using "Yorkshire Pudding" on interactive whiteboards to illustrate the elegance and flexibility of the English language. Who knows?