France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.
In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.