Does France Have a Massive Inferiority Complex?

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readNov 4, 2021

Have Centuries of ass whuppings taken its toll on the nation’s self esteem?

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Last week, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, threw a hissy fit at the recently concluded G20 summit in Rome. As he was walking with his team, he was accosted by a number of Aussie journalists who wanted to know what he felt about his antipodean counterpart.

Contrary to what his minders would have wanted, Monsieur Macron took his time to chat to the baying mob, giving them what they wanted by dispensing with niceties and diplomacy in calling Scott Morrison a liar for his part in the Nuclear submarine agreement.

What’s interesting here is that we aren’t used to this sort of behaviour from French Presidents; deploying English for starters in blatantly disparaging their allies. Back in 2003, when Jacques Chirac was in charge, not once did we see this sort of thing from him, despite the fraught state of affairs between America and the cheese eating surrender monkeys (sobriquet given by the Yanks) in the run up to the Iraq war.

Emmanuel Macron’s behaviour has led me to question, whether there is something bigger at play here, of a country that’s horribly insecure, one with a huge chip on its shoulder and one that might have a massive inferiority complex, from centuries of humiliation from all corners.

Lets examine this perspective in small detail, shall we?

Defeat at the hands of the Blacks of Haiti

The forces led by Jean Jacques Dessalines led the Haitian rebellion to abolish slavery and also did comprehensively rout the French forces. This victory by the Blacks of Haiti did send the United Kingdom and the United States into a tailspin, deeply worried that African Americans and Afro Caribbeans would do the same to them.

The Africans had dealt a serious blow to France’s hauteur, by showing to everyone that it was nothing more than a case of Dunning-Kruger.



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible