You know, as a counterpart to the "why are Americans so fearful" thread.
But seriously, why? It seems to me that the surrounding countries have as much to be snobbish about. Why does France stand out in its snobbishness? I'm curious.
Note: I would have started a thread "why are Finns so insecure," but I don't know any Finns on this board that would be able to answer, but if you happen to be Finnish, we can discuss that too.