Editor, The Armory Life
When folks in firearms community speak of country of manufacture, France has got a bad reputation. Their firearms in general have always been mediocre at best.
Could not stand the mas49... ergonomics .. but thats my personal opinion.I really disagree with that.
Ever handled a Manhurin revolver? Or a MAS49? They are very solid, well engineered weapons. Definitely not mediocre.
That being said—the Chauchat was, truly, a POS...but the US has fielded more than a few of those, as well.