I don't deny that France has won some brilliant battles in its history, but what wars has France won? The only ones I can think of are the Hundred Year War and WWI (and when Charles Martel whipped the Moors, if that counts as a war). It's just odd that in the majority of wars you hear about, France got its ass whooped, or it was a draw. Of course, this doesn't make sense, since France controlled quite a large amount of territory at one stage. It must have gained that territory in battle... somehow.