Poor old France …

Whenever you’re unsure about what course to take in life, ask yourself, “What would France do?”
You see, France is a treasure to mankind. French ideas, French beliefs, and French actions form a sort of loadstone for humanity. Because a moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing in—toward Nazi collaboration, Communism, existentialism, Jerry Lewis movies, or President Sarkozy’s personal life—you can go the other way with a clear conscience.

P. J. O’Rourke 2008

And the rest of the article is also a good read.