It is a French car.
I came to the conclusion many years ago that the French simply hate driving. For them, it seems, the priority is "looking good" over actually enjoying the driving experience. I have always maintained that was a crucial difference between the French and British car markets and explained why boring diesels had captured the French market years before they did in Britain.
And before anyone mentions old fun French cars like the Peugeot 205GTi please go and check and you will often find all the fun bits were added to boring base cars by British development teams to suit the British market.