Nigel, The Victor Manuel Diaz I use to have, had the piece of golpeador behind the bridge for protection. It was important on that guitar for two reasons: His French polish work was poor. It was too brittle and flaky. Accidentally drag a nail gently across it and a big chunk of it came off. Also with the 12 hole bridge, removing strings required using a dental pick to loosen them and it was easy to touch the top and damage the FP. The little stringador was shaped to give it character and looked good. I have never heard of any complaints on Anders French polish. With FP it is not just an art applying it, but the quality of the product used and how it is mixed.
Lucas, The decision to go French polish or lacquer depends on how much you have to invest in a flamenco guitar and how you plan to use it. A less expensive guitar will probably not have a quality FP. This is a labor intensive process and time is money to a FP person, so a FP on a cheaper guitar will probably be a rush job using poor ingredients. Many master guitarmakers offer either finish on their high end flamencos, so then it comes down to personal reasons. How hard you play and where you play are certainly considerations.
Anthony, Interesting thought about the seduction of FP. After the Diaz alluring me with her fine complexion, then losing it prematurely, I became shy of cosmetic allurement and opted for the working girl that wasn't high maintenance and could provide a long term relationship without disappointment all the while delivering the goods with class and style.