Besides, it’s ludicrous to assume that french presidents have some sort of inherent “frenchness” that make them all act exactly in the same way, using the same methods, etc… I mean, Carter and W. Bush are exactly the same kind of people and one expect Bush to handle issues in the same way Carter did, right? :rolleyes:
By the way, since you’re refering to the 80’s (that would be Mitterand), it comes to my mind that it was also the time of the three-years long hostage taking in Lebanon. I don’t remember Mitterand giving in the kidnappers demands, either.
Actually, though I might be mistaken, I don’t remember any case of the french government giving in the demands of hostage takers since the 70’s. Since a number of posters seem to be sure it’s the way it’s usually done, I’m sure they would point to me the numerous examples of such a behavior that they probably have in mind and on which they’re basing their opinion.
As I said, I might be mistaken. But I would really want the people who actually made these comments (direct or understated) to tell me whether they had a specific knowledge of such examples of the french government giving in demands when they wrote these statements, or if they just had the “feeling” (prejudice? caricature?) that it’s the way things are usually done in France. I would tend to bet on prejudice.