The below is taken form WikiLeaks and details a cable sent by US Ambassador Craig R. Stapleton following a meeting with former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard.
2. (C) Rocard, like former president Valery Giscard d’Estaing (reftel), believes that French history provides the keys for understanding French politics and France’s policies. Rocard’s point of departure is France’s emergence as a nation-state. The history of other European nation-states is that of linguistic communities serving their trade needs. France created itself by destroying five cultures — Breton, Occitan, Alsatian, Corsican, and Flemish. “We are the only European nation which is the military creation of a non-homogeneous State. This makes France difficult to govern to this day. This explains our difficulty in reforming, our slowness,” he [MR] said.
Like most things with wikileaks there is no great surprise but the simple fact to have it acknowledged in black and white has a profound effect nonetheless. The rest of the cable make for interesting reading. Now has anything been leaked about inconvenient Duchies and unresolved territorial claims?