Hey, I can play that game! I was in France as recently as last week, and took a look around as well. Here's what I saw:* Lots of beautiful old buildings, stylish people, elegantly designed bridges, and fancy restaurants offering delicious food!
* Craploads of ugly graffiti, including on some of the aforementioned beautiful old buildings.
* Lots of drunk homeless people, including in the front hallway of the beautiful old building where I stayed.
* Shops closed, often by government diktat, precisely when you might want to frequent them--during lunchtime, say; or a dinner-only restaurant at 6:59 p.m.
* Routine splotches of dogshit on the sidewalks (though in fairness, the trendlines are going in the right direction on this one).