What does it mean to be French?

The latest debate in France is about French identity. Qu’est-ce qu’être français? A new minister of French Identity was recently appointed to open this question up not only to French citizens – immigrants and “de souche” – but to those of us who are interested in France. The lovers and, I assume, the haters. The official take on the question as well as the varying opinions of the people on the street, AND to comment on any of it, you can
go here to the web site provided by the government.

I have another question, actually: aside from the words “liberté,” “égalité,” “fraternité” and “La Marseillaise,” how different are their answers from what ours might be on America?

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