I'm not a French speaker, but I find myself with a question about the French language. I have recently encountered multiple independent sources (movies, books, etc) in which French-speaking characters insist that profanity in French is much more... something that in other languages. Elegant, maybe? Expressive? That it is in some way better than, and more importantly different from, profanity in English.
For example, in The Matrix Reloaded, the Merovingian makes a point of saying that cursing in French is like "wiping your ass with silk," and has a whole mini-monologue about it. Similarly, in the Timeline-191 series of novels, a character in Quebec mentions that he finds English profanity distasteful because it centers around bodily functions, implying that French profanity does not.
I've run into this idea several times in several unrelated places, enough to where it seems to be referencing something real (and not just the personal opinion of a single character). Is this simply an example of French being highly regarded in general, or is profanity in French somehow different from profanity in other languages?