What's the worst French car ever?

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To some, it's an obvious question. To many of us, who love French cars for their quirkiness, their what-the-hell-were-they-thinking engineering complexity, their batshit designs, it's more difficult. Unlike Dominique Strauss-Kahn, some only allegedly assault the sensibilities. What's the worst French car ever?

Obviously, it's the Renault Vel Satis, an overpriced, under-luxurious stinkbomb that beat Toyota to the uncontrolled-acceleration issue by about five years. Worse than that, it was completely charmless, and charm is usually a French car's saving grace. Name another French car that's not as bad as DSK.


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I present you with the Citroën Xantia Activa V6, one of the best cars in the world - when it works. When it doesn't, on the other hand, it is THE worst. So bad and horribly complicated that even Citroën trained mechanics won't touch a malfunctioning Activa..