France Can be Arrogant- Who’s the First to Say so?

Trivia question of the day: Who is author of this statement?

“Unlike in Britain, which remains the model of a parliamentary democracy, France has always found it difficult to balance the different branches of power. It either gives too much power to Parliament or it gives too much to the executive. This may be because deep down, France is not a very liberal country, in the poliical sense of the word.”

In this author’s book, Testimony, he also doesn’t hesitate to speak of France being perceived as arrogant.
Who is the author of this book recently translated into English?


By the way, the author’s views aren’t necessarily the views of this Parislogue author.

My personal experience in France has been quite the opposite. I’ve found French individuals to be quite modest and usually downplaying their talents. Needless to say, every person’s experience will be different, however, I have to admit that the author of this book and I do not move in the same circles.

Can you guess who this person could be?

2 thoughts on “France Can be Arrogant- Who’s the First to Say so?

  • Linda

    Ok I admit I cheated and used a search engine to find the answer…Nicolas Sarkozy. My exeriences in France are quite limited. I made one trip this summer. I found everyone very nice but then I didn’t discuss politics with anyone either. I suppose I need to make another trip and delve deeper into this subject.

  • parisgirl

    Bravo, Linda, you are right! Here’s a toast to you. Nicolas Sarkozy actually refers to arrogance in very specific terms, just as he refers to France not being a liberal country in political terms. You have to read his book to get the context. Check out today’s book review of Testimony – the English translation is currently available on Amazon. Definitely worth reading.

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