By Joseph Harriss
If I needed to sum up the elemental angle that runs throughout the French mentality in any respect degrees, it might be a composite of preening delight, frequently frankly chauvinistic, in being French, and infrequently 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, specifically 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 always among delight and resignation, circulation and immobility. greater than the other ecu kingdom, it's characterised via contradictory attributes.""
-from the Prologue to approximately France"
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About France by Joseph Harriss