As to "Vichy", the socalled governement was not elected in the first place and situation in those days had nothing to do with nowadays's
Of course not, but still an awful lot of French were more than happy to follow Pétain and his regime. That's what I was hinting at. Given the right environment, why wouldn't it be possible for the French to move to the (far) right again? Everyone around you in Europe did or does it, why not you? Your answer that you just "know" it won't happen in France sounds more like wishful thinking. Look, I'm not trying to insult you. I'm trying to understand why you are convinced that the shift to the right will happen everywhere else but not in France.
You know, in order to get to know any population, you need to speak their language and live with them for a long time and have personal experiences
You seem to have negative feelings about Germany, I noticed. Do you know its people, their language and have lived with them for a very long time? ;)
Generally, I would agree with you, but you have forgotten that we live in an era where people move all across the globe for jobs and love. Cultures are mixing now, and the WWW adds another layer of information and cultural diversity. Countries these days are not isolated islands anymore where a culture stays "pure" and isn't influenced from the outside. So long story short: people are getting increasingly similar across the globe (which I find really unfortunate) and it's less and less unnecessary to live in a country to understand its people. Daily politics and stuff is of course a different story.
but some here still ask if the books by Houellebeq are worth reading
I didn't know the author, that's why I was asking... :)