Mille Bornes doesn’t really have much in common with Monopoly. If anything, its social poison is more akin to that of Sorry!. Lots of board/card games have a strong “fuck you!” element, but when it’s earned only by luck it makes the smugness of the fucker altogether intolerable. You haven’t been outwitted or outmaneuvered or outplayed, your opponent just happened to draw better cards or roll better dice – yet he invariably acts as though it were a result of his amazing skill.
Everyone I knew in high school who played Mille Bornes also played Diplomacy. Suffice it to say they were the most hideously maladjusted nerds in an entire school full of nerds. The chess club dorks and us D&D protogoths and bathroom arsonists were cornfed bright-eyed strapping starting quarterbacks in comparison.
By the way, how come Monopoly and Risk take all this not-unwarranted shit for being drawn out positive-feedback runaways, but most 4X games are exactly the same way (with detailed in-game graphs to prove it!) yet no one ever calls out MOO or Civ or Neptune’s Pride shudder as being shitty in exactly the same way?