People in France have a reputation for being jerks. Most of the French people I've encountered have been very pleasant. But I can see how people get the impression that the French are jerks. There's a certain confidence in the way they behave that some may mistakenly interpret as arrogance. I was discussing it with a friend the other day, and a man we'd met and spent some time with there came up. We agreed that he didn't posses that air of confidence, he was a simple jerk no matter what yardstick you used for comparison. It's nice to be able to agree that some people are just idiots free from any prejudice.