It's a rat nation, why would you call them frogs?
CB, this national malaise can be traced back to WWI. As with England, Belgium, and Germany, vast numbers of men died. This had a profound effect on the character and national identity of all the major combatants in Europe. During the same period, and for 30-40 years before, Marxist Socialism was quite envoque. It has left its spoor on several generations of university professors, civil servants, elementary school teachers, and newsroom editors.