My first impression upon coming here just over 3 years ago to marry a French surgeon, is that the French never stop criticising. Elitist and perfectionist (well, at least in my french word - a surgeon is a fully paid-up member of the élite by default) - I got quite depressed at the thought that whatever I did, it would never be enough. Not just in learning French - but everything - would I ever BE good enough?
Happily, the younger generation are more balanced. For those who've made headway in their French, here's a video to make you giggle. I like the bit where he waxes lyrical about the French language (to cover his lack of ability in speaking English) - then spouts a load of "Kaira" (hoody) language. tee hee.
For those whose French won't allow them to watch, this ado/twenty something is having a humourous rant about those who proclaim themselves to be bilingual French/English and attempt to make others feel inferior (while actually making themselves look like a twit).
There is humour in France after all!
Apologies if you can't understand the French - but I hope you appreciate the "gesture" that this kind of thing exists (i.e. the French are sometimes as fed up as we are of being made to feel inferior!)