Someone said the spirit of France was broken at Verdun in 1917. One someone has their spirit broken they lose the will to fight. France supposedly had the largest and most modern army in 1940 but it capitulated. The result is self hatred by the left and right. Britain left the Empire after 1945 Wise Britons knew the Empire ended with the fall of Singapore in 1942 and she was bankrupt. Mountbatten warned de Clerc not to enter Vietnam as conqueror but was ignored which led to war which France lost in 1954. Algeria, another attempt to hold onto empire was lost after bloody fighting.
Importing cheap labour which refuses to assimilate is like the Romans employing barbarians to defend the Empire when senatorial families no longer are prepared their sons die on the frontier; in the end the nation collapses because it spirit collapses.
Marxists and capitalists which ignore the spirit of humans will cause collapse either by intent or deliberately. Genghis Khan realised it is not the size of the wall which is important but the spirit of the soldiers defending them. Thermopylae is important because the 300 Spartans were prepared to die for freedom not just themselves which inspired other Greek to fight and dismayed the Persians. If the French had fought with the courage of the Spartans at Thermopylae in 1940, even if the country had been destroyed they would have their self – respect. As Churchill said ” It is easier for a nation rise from the ashes , than from it’s knees” A nation which had proved itself in war could have negotiated, the independence of Vietnam and Algeria from a position of confidence which would have given it flexibility. A proven fighter can walk away from a fight knowing they are not cowards.
As of 2006, French literary people have been awarded more Nobel Prizes in Literature than novelists, poets and essayists of any other country. (However, writers in English—USA, UK, India, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Saint Lucia—have won twice as many Nobels as the French.) In 1964 Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, but he declined it, stating that "It is not the same thing if I sign Jean-Paul Sartre or if I sign Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel Prize winner. A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution, even if it takes place in the most honorable form."