I arrived in France stressed so my brief experience wasn’t representative of previous visits. I know it’s common in England for people to knock the French but I’ve always really liked them. They are honest, friendly, passionate and not shy with their opinions. I like the fact they strive for better working conditions and don’t just sit back and accept.
They also like beer and brandy for breakfast.
So I will keep my view that ‘rustic’ France is a beautiful place with good people.