By Joseph Harriss
If I needed to sum up the elemental angle that runs during the French mentality in any respect degrees, it'd be a composite of preening delight, frequently frankly chauvinistic, in being French, and rarely hid dislike, bordering on worry and loathing, of switch. As a humans they improve reluctantly towards the longer term, eyes mounted firmly at the prior, in particular the fantastic 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 regularly among delight and resignation, flow and immobility. greater than the other eu state, it really is characterised through contradictory attributes.""
-from the Prologue to approximately France"
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About France by Joseph Harriss