Didier Jacob in Le Nouvel Observateur (translated and quoted by Hugh Schofield on BBC News):
"...the American view of France could be reduced to a simple formula: De Gaulle + Sartre + the baguette + Sophie Marceau's breasts = French culture. Whereas - as we all know - it is infinitely more rich."
It's a simple formula, but a bloody persuasive one. I like baguettes.