The national characteristics of a country’s population are often reflected in the products of its motor industry. There are few better examples than that of France. French cars are rarely luxurious (though there have been notable exceptions) but they very often have some combination of simplicity, practicality, innovation, sportiness and of course style.

To illustrate the point, here’s a representative selection of iconic cars which it would be difficult to imagine being devised anywhere other than France.

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