I have had this debate before in another context; my feelings are that Belgium (Wallonia) is a 'blame society' where the ideal is to transfer blame for anything to others and by the same token to avoid it oneself, because that implies a weakness and enables others to heap you with approbrium and to carry the can. Unlike Chinese society, where the idea is not to lose face or to make others do so.
This permits lying and dishonesty.
My take on French society, and the fact that there are no real terms for bullying is that it too is a blame society and that bullying is a standard and accepted part of culture, and not judged in the same way as in Anglo-Saxon cultures. Thus, employers bully their employees, administrations bully their clients and shops bully their customers, in every case the aim being to deny responsibility as this implies a wrong, which, in a heavily top down society cannot be admitted as it shows a faille which cannot exist. In other words, the State is believed to be perfect or perfectible.
The corollary of this is a sacrifice of individuality, as to be successful one has to belong to something official, whether it be party or association, and to be outside is to be present the potential to be a victim as there is no protection from society.
And lying is very common in France!
Too thick for a PhD!