Ursäkta min franska

"I do think there is something about the French psyche that can be incredibly useful. That solid practicality - it is very unusual for a French person to be over the top with excitment or laid low with misery; they do not feel it necessary to be cheery or even terribly polite if the occasion doesn't warrant it - means you can get a lot of necessary information in an unemotional way".