If I were a betting man I’d be prepared to wager a small sum that most of the French cars you can think of are quite small. The most famous, such as the Citroen 2CV, Peugeot 205 and Renault Clio, are quite small, and although French manufacturers also build medium-sized family cars in large numbers they seem unwilling to produce anything significantly bigger unless it’s an SUV or an MPV.

When they do, sales in the UK, at least, are usually poor. For one reason or another, we don’t seem to want a French badge on anything that would dwarf a Ford Focus.

However, this has not stopped the French from building more substantial vehicles from time to time. France has produced a greater number of large saloons and hatchbacks than most of us realise.