Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong: What Makes the French So French

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Robson, 2004 - France - 351 pages
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The French drink, smoke and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet they live longer and have fewer heart problems than the English and the Americans. They work 35-hour weeks and take seven weeks' paid holiday each year, yet they are the world's fourth-biggest economic power. So how do they do it? From a distance modern France looks like a riddle. It is both rigidly authoritarian, yet incredibly inventive; traditional (even archaic) yet modern; lacking clout on the international stage yet still hugely influential. But with the observations, anecdotes and analysis of the authors, who spent nearly three years living in France, it begins to makes sense. 'Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong' is a journey into the French heart, mind and soul. This book reveals French ideas about land, food, privacy and language and weaves together the threads of French society, uncovering the essence of life in France and giving, for the first time, a complete picture of the French.

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Easy to read, very well researched. - Goodreads
This was a fun introduction to French culture. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Justina - Goodreads

This book was really interesting in regards to explaining French culture. I thought it would touch more on food and lifestyle differences, so I was disappointed that it did not discuss those items in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kai Hodge - Goodreads

The book started off very interesting as the author discussed how the French language evolved from different provincial dialects to the French we hear today. The first chapters went in on how the ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1964, Jean-Benoît Nadeau holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history from McGill University. A journalist since 1987, he has been the recipient of 17 journalism awards.

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