The origin of the cliché of the French beret !

Do you know where the cliché of the Frenchman wearing a beret comes from ?

In the early XXth century, Breton farmers crossed the Channel to sell onions. These guys wore striped shirts and berets, which were very popular in France at this time… For the ordinary British people, this was the only occasion to meet French people.

Since then, the stereotype of the Frenchman with his beret and baguette has remained !