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, from Bad Advice for New Graduates, 2008
Grouch: The entire O’Rourke article is well worth reading, and the quote above summarized my feelings on the recent French elections.