By Joseph Harriss
If I needed to sum up the elemental perspective that runs during the French mentality in any respect degrees, it'd be a composite of preening delight, usually frankly chauvinistic, in being French, and rarely hid dislike, bordering on worry and loathing, of swap. As a humans they improve reluctantly towards the long run, eyes fastened firmly at the prior, specially the wonderful seventeenth century of Louis XIV. Noting what he calls his country's inherent schizophrenia, Denis Jeambar, editor-in-chief of the scoop journal L'Express, has written that France ""oscillates continually among satisfaction and resignation, stream and immobility. greater than the other ecu country, it truly is characterised by way of contradictory attributes.""
-from the Prologue to approximately France"
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