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May 20, 2010
I feel too lazy today. I'll simply quote Charles DeGaulle, the king himself, on the French: "You must trust their strengths and protect them from their weaknesses. They have not changed since Julius Caesar described them. Their strengths are bravery, generosity, unselfishness, impetuosity, curiosity, creativity, the gift they have to adjust to extreme situations. Their weaknesses are a clanic spirit, mutual intolerance, brusque anger, internecine quarrels, and the jealousy they feel for the advantages that the others have." I can't add much to that. These are generalities, to be sure, but there is often a deep truth in old tales.