Some would argue that victory is most important, not how you play the game. Generally speaking, this is the American/Anglophone viewpoint. This is seen particularly in business. The best route to a desired goal is the one that is most efficient and effective. In meetings, we make small talk with our colleagues, but we don't always want to. It is all about productivity, putting in endless hours, and waiting for that big payout that will make our hardwork worthwhile.
In France, it is just the opposite. Once a student gets out of lycee (high school), they find a suitable career that will pay the bills, and they work to live. Not live to work. It is all about the process. Even if you have to use overly formal and flowery language to make your point, at least you made it in the best way possible. Best does not mean most efficient. Best is correct, according to an arbitrary set of standards. There are so many rules and processes that you have to follow. Office workers are known to be be horribly scrutinizing. Set backs are built in, people expect for projects to be way behind schedule, and although they fight it, its half-hearted. They argue, because it is customary, not because it will make any difference. They accept life's petite challenges.
This indirect formal method means that change doesn't really happen. And we are talking about changing anything: the french language, fashion, bread, politics, gender stereotypes, etc. Sure there are protests all the time, but nothing really comes of them. It is more about going through the motions, and sticking to tried and true methods. And of course, enjoying some great wine at a cafe while people watching.