The French are pretty full of themselves and feel inferior to an invented 'Anglo-Saxon' boogey man in Europe. It is understandable the French would feel inferior.
The history of the country is a mess. France fought on BOTH sides of World War II for example. And De Gaulle never missed a chance to regularly insult the nations that bailed France out of their German death-grip.
France like Britain are both ex-empire and vaporizing. But at least Britain is taking the decline with a bit of grace. Not France.
The Brussels-based French-language press corps got their coiffures in a crunch over the release of the EU's annual report, why? The important work was done in ENGLISH.
In classic liberalese, a reporter for the French paper Liberation penned a sting eMail whining, "The right to be informed in one's own language about the social and budgetary sacrifices demanded by the EU executive is a minimum right." Notice the overuse of the word 'right'.
As France skids behind Greece and Spain in the big 2012 EU crash the tiny toad-like republic fades into history. And when a country winks out like ancient Rome and Greece did, the language blinks out too - viva la see you later!