Ce înseamnă(însemna) să fii francez

It is, however, impossible, or it was until only yesterday, to become a French- man, for a Frenchman is a complex harmony, or dissonance, of historic echoes, from birth on. The French language, which the French used to learn very well, did not exist for the sake of conveying information, for communicating men's common needs; it was indistinguishable from a historical consciousness. Frenchness is defined by participation in this language, its literature and the entire range of effects it produces. Allan Bloom, The closing of the American mind