French. Good wine. Stinky cheese. Snails and frog legs. the Citreon. Good engineers of Machines? I think not.
Go with an Austrian. Solid, reliable, cheapish (in comparison), lots of parts options, quality, ease of maintenance.
Japanese. Smooth, precise, still in business, reliable, easy to modify, non bitchy.
Moto"brokane" you called it. At least the French bikes look nice.