Power of the people. America is democratic because they once elected Donald Trump. Germany is not democratic because they always elect Angela Merkel in various incarnations. Italy is democratic and France is not.
What is democracy?
"There'll always be an England."Oh, you Doubting Thomas,But will there be any European Union then? And any UK?
France had some elite before the revolution too.Unless some external shocks destroy it, the EU will persist. It has created a pan-European political elite which is married to the idea of European integration.