It appears that it isn't just American right-wingers who take a dim view of Gallic hauteur.
Suggestions that France is afflicted by an epidemic of rudeness, arrogance and a ridiculously inflated sense of superiority, have traditionally been dispelled with a shrug of the Gallic shoulders.
But a report on how France is perceived by other European countries may give even the most patriotic Frenchman pause for thought. Not only are the views expressed damning - its authors are French.
The conclusions of the study, Why the French are the Worst Company on the Planet - by Olivier Clodong, a professor of social and economic communication, and Jose-Manuel Lamarque, a journalist - speak for themselves: the British think they are "chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless". Even the tolerant Swedes admit to finding them "disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty".
The Germans find them "pretentious, haughty and frivolous", the Spanish see them as "cold, distant, vain and impolite". and the Dutch describe them as "agitated, talkative and shallow".
The story is similar elsewhere. The Portuguese find them too preachy, the Italians think they are "snobbish, arrogant, carnal, righteous and self-obsessed", and the Greeks dismiss them as "out-of-touch, egocentric bons vivants".
Mon dieu! Could it be that there just may be a touch of truth to the stereotypes about the land of the Franks?