If their self perpetuating descriptions were accurate...they would have been written by neutrals...non french!
The women (les francaises) have a tendancy to dislike all other women - French or otherwise due to their innate insecurities and will never be seen in the company of fellow females unless extremely large or physically challenged to ensure they are not threatened.
Great artists, philosophers and engineers though!
Disappointing below ....am sure Bruni would agree!
The battlefield of Europe: The French generally dislike war due to the fact that almost half of the battles of modern Europe were fought of French soil, and the French civilians have perished by it, on their land, for over two millenia.
The second country (America was the first) to have a major revolution which favored Democracy (it didn't work out all that well). They even gave us an enormous statue for that fact.