And if you >were unfortunate to fall under >the French territory you were >equally pumped with the French >rhetoric.
Concrete example: Schoolkids were taught to repeat by heart phrases of the type "Our ancestors the Gauls" (Gauls being a people living in the Roman era cf. Asterix) just like the schoolkids in France. Luckily, no-one does that today (I hope).
"L'actualité régionale: c'est vous qui la vivez, c'est nous qui en vivons" In English: "Local news: you live it, we live off it" - Jules-Edouard Moustic, 20H20
"There's no blood in my body/It's liquid soul in my veins" - Roots Manuva (check the fantastic album "Brand New Second Hand")