I am equally mystified, There isn't much of France that I haven't walked though, obviously France has its 'townie's too, however as a nation they do seem to appreciate their countryside and like to get out and about in it to a greater extent than most European nations, and understandably, theirs is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it has everything from wild tundra to rainswept peaks to deep, deep forests."...I'm mystified by the comments about the French not camping out. True I've been up in the mountains above the Mediterranean during the August holiday and seen only two people, but it's. a big country with plenty of wild areas. Randonee and camping are hugely popular and there is a whole industry devoted to outdoor activities..."
Yes a lot of people in France like to hike and such outdoor activity. But not so much "bushcraft" (sleeping under a tarp, old fashion garnment, making spoon...). This is assimilate to a military activity or scout activity not leisure for most people. It is also normal to walk a lot in town.I'm have a family of friends in France, they've visited here, we've visited there: Périgueux, Portiers, Bordeaux, and Germ. I have found them to be a very outdoorsy folk. Hiking, camping, canoeing, or simply walking everywhere when in town. I've not camped with them in France but they camp when here