I met a frenchman once who was very nice, but he didn't study Aikido.
On the other hand, a belgian doing an internship in the U.S. joined our dojo about a year ago. He had never done Aikido before, but he is very soft. The belgians are sort of like the french, aren't they?
There was also a spanish woman in our dojo for a little while who was very interested in the spiritual side of the art. She left us a book with lots of pictures of her sensei back home doing Aikido. He didn't look very soft. I know the french and the spanish are very different, but they share a long border so I thought it might be relevant.
Hope this helps.