French Or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France

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Culture Crossings, 2003 - Travel - 292 pages
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This book has long been the reference for what it is about the French that rubs Americans the wrong way, why the Franco-American alliance has difficulties, and how to handle French people, and find out, she says, "how wonderful they are." Now in the third edition, Polly Platt examines the revolution of the last few years brought about by the computer and the Internet. Interviews with many American and French executives explain the differences and the similarities in procedures in the work place compared to five years ago. In addition, French or Foe's third edition describes the "French exceptions" of the last few years: the Messier scandal, the reasons why France was voted the Workers' Paradise in 2002; the romantic Look, version 2003; the government's new measures to combat the number of road deaths and to reduce smoking; the new Mayor's campaign against dog poop and his transforming of the banks of the Seine into Paris Plage, a beach resort; the havoc wrought by the hurricanes at Christmas 2000. The third edition tells what happened to various French heroes such as Jean-Paul Belmondo and Yves Saint Laurent and describes events like the reburial of Alexandre Dumas in the Pantheon, the French hall of fame. - Publisher.

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

The author appears to have a thorough understanding of the differences in culture, behavior, and attitudes of the French and Americans. The book is focused on French culture in Paris and it is unclear whether all that is said is true of all of France. It is insightful. Read full review

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