French Insults: the Hardcore version
Image by Samantha Hurley¹

French Insults: the Hardcore version

Warning, look away now if you are a sensitive soul. The following French insults are fighting words, and will definitely add fuel to the flames.

French may be a beautiful language, but French people are not afraid to get into an argument. They are actually rather quick to tell people off. This is especially true in big cities and in road rage type incidents but really can occur anywhere.

And if you happen to be at a football game, such as Paris Saint Germain vs Olympique de Marseille, then you should really just walk away, unless you want to set off a riot! The general rule is don’t say it in French if you wouldn’t say it to someone in English.

Either way, while you may not want to the first to launch the F-bombs, you should at least understand what is being said. With that being said, here we go:

Top French Insults

FrenchEnglish
Va te faire foutre!Fuck you!
Va te faire enculer!Go fuck yourself!
(popular in the south of France)
T’as pas de couilles!You don’t have the balls!
Pute,
Fils de pute!
Whore,
Son of a whore!
Crétin!Dumbass!
Salope!Slut!
(usually only to females)
Connard (m)
Connasse (f)
Asshole!
Imbécile!Idiot!
Dégénéré!Degenerate!
Quel salaud !What an asshole!
T’es chiant!You’re annoying!

As I said, you may escalate the quarrel instead of dampening it down, so handle with care. I suppose the mildest one on the list is last one “t’es chiant”, but the others are all pretty hardcore.

Note, these are insults specifically aimed at an antagonist, If you are looking for more general swear words (as is “Putain, I dropped a hammer on my foot”), check out my post on top French Swear words linked below.

A bientôt !

¹ Featured Image: Samantha Hurley for Burst Shopify

☞ RELATED POST: Top French Swear Words to sound like a Parisian

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