Yorkshire folk are beginning to adopt French mannerisms and tastes as a result of the impact of the Tour de France.
'Yorkshire folk are beginning to act funny peculiar,' said Dr James Braine of Sheffield University. 'We've had reports of down-to-earth Yorkshire lasses smoking Gauloises and behaving like Edith Piaf.'
Dr Braine added that 'some Yorkshire men born-and-bred are embracing theory'.
It's also reported that some Yorkshire eateries are giving Yorkshire dishes French names and using check tablecloths. Unconfirmed reports said that snails have appeared on menus in Leeds.
'The Tour de France could turn Yorkshire into another arrondissement,' Dr Braine said, as breaking news revealed that Geoff Boycott had just come out as a Sartrean existentialist.