Not true of rural France, hedges galore and lots of woodlands which do get fell and replanted.
The wide variety of wildlife is witness to this, far more than I've come across in the UK.
The pressure on land here is far less, so more areas are just left, this really suits all sorts of creatures, man included.
There may be areas of France that I have never travelled through where hedges are more apparent, of course. I have only travelled through the Dordogne once for example and it was at night! I am not very well travelled in the South of France at all although I have been to some of it.
Yet if one crosses the Channel the paucity of hedgerows is immediately apparent.
I wondered for years why i knew I was in France!
What was the salient difference in the (house free) landscapes on either side of the geographically and geologically similar regions?
And the difference is, IMHO, for a great part (maintained!?) hedges or lack of them
There used to be more on mainlsnd Europe, I am told, even down into the Alpine regions but were extensively grubbed out.
England has maintained more hedges and smaller enclosures, though obviously many thousands(?) of miles are lost compared to formally.
As I stated in my post even Northern England is quite distinctive from the air for it's smaller hedge-rowed enclosures compared to ANY part of France I have flow over.
I agree however that France retains a quality of "wide openess" not present in England.
It is after all a good deal larger and has a deal more agricultural land with a similar population.
There are far more extensive tracts of woodland and many small copses.
Bird life and animal life is surprisingly abundant at times. And fish seem to thrive in the often rather "washing powder smelly" rivers.
But I still think England has this "hedged" quality of landscape that the France I know (now) lacks.
There are areas of England where one travels mile after mile after mile on roads bounded by dense hedges.
That is hardly ever the case in the rural France I am familiar with- broadly the NE.