A country's military is what determines its fate and whether its people will be subjugated. All of Europe is tring to force their will unto the French people, but our magic is might, our officers devious, and our engineers crafty. No matter how many armies they raise against us, we will always prevail!
Polytechnique is the best military school in the country, forming all the engineers of the French army. The initiation rituals welcoming the new students aim to teach them the respect of its glorious traditions.
Military justice is absolute and all-encompassing and you better behave rather than hope for clemency! Although if you're an officer and have money, prison will be little different from a nice holiday. You might even develop your literary talents!
Look at that magnificent battleship and its state-of-the-art technologies! This is the first purpose-built steam battleship in history, and also the first with a screw propeller. That will show those English who is the boss!