France Values and Belief System
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Exploring Current French Attitudes and Behaviors
Since the French Revolution, the republic’s motto has been “Liberté, egalité, fraternité” (“Liberty, equality, brotherhood”), which certainly says something about French attitudes. In France, however, generalizations don't always apply. If one broad, sweeping statement about France and its citizens is permitted, it’s that contradictions abound. The French are proud of their nation's history, reflected in the focus on conservation and the preservation of aesthetic beauty. Particularly valued are culture and intellectual pursuits. Learn more about how the nation's history and evolving ideas have influenced prevailing attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors.