It's time this anti-France phobia died away. After all they managed to get electric cars on the road while Germany is still struggling and our lot are still thinking about it.
I've had tons of cars from all over, and the French ones are still the most favourably remembered. And usually ten years ahead of the rest, viz : Citroen Traction Avant, Renault Espace, Citroen DS
And let's forget that nonsense about un reliability too. If you think a French farmer is content to see his car break down when all he's done is blasted it across a field or to the south in blistering heat on his vacation, think again. It's down to maintenance, many French cars fall into the hands of cheapskate Brits who think nothing of skipping services. Just ask your local garage, they'll tell you most drivers only visit at MoT time, never buy winter tyres, never check tyre pressures or oil levels, and drive for weeks with light bulbs out.
If you want poor reliability try Range Rover. I've owned four and adore them, it's the best car in the world, but my, is it terrible. Then try the £75,000 Mercedes SL - ditto, but even more expensive to put right. Or what about my Bentley Continental, squeeking like a trapped rat this week, the day AFTER coming back from a £1500 eighth year service. Don't even ask about my experiences with BMW and Audi, you don't want to revive bitter memories, the only time I've had a car break down abroad was with one of Germany's best! And not one of the cheaper tiddlers, this was the mighty Seven Series. My wife still shudders at having her Audi Quattro stop dead in the outside lane of the M25 marooning her behind a wall of fast moving traffic. I still shudder at paying for a new V6 for an Audi A6.
Now that we have electric Renaults and Citroens with no oil or filters to change expect even fewer Brits to bother the local garage, especially as they will be leased car, so servicing, they tell us, is just for mugs. So running gear like brakes, suspension, and steering will be looked at by nobody from one year to the next. And then we'll hear the whines from the little dears that their car is a dud.
Heaven preserve us all from the smug anti-French bar-room pundits.
The answer? Get the car down to the electric car specialist for recall items. Get the car down to your local family garage twice a year to check brake pads discs and pipes, suspension bushes, underbody panels, the inside walls of tyres, and to check steering alignment. Call it a safety check, if you like, but don't wait three years for the MoT. Get them to change to and from winter tyres at the same time. Yes, granddad, you do need them.