By Joseph Harriss
If I needed to sum up the fundamental angle that runs throughout the French mentality in any respect degrees, it might be a composite of preening satisfaction, frequently frankly chauvinistic, in being French, and infrequently hid dislike, bordering on worry and loathing, of swap. As a humans they enhance reluctantly towards the long run, eyes mounted firmly at the earlier, 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 regularly among satisfaction and resignation, stream and immobility. greater than the other ecu state, it truly is characterised by means of contradictory attributes.""
-from the Prologue to approximately France"
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About France by Joseph Harriss