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"Can't Buy a French Beret in France"

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A French friend visiting for the holidays wanted to buy a French beret for one of her balding American friends but she said 'she couldn't find a single beret for sale anywhere she looked in France - and that nearly no French person today wears the traditional French beret (though some do wear what she calls a 'cascet' sp?).

Now I assume in some fancy tourist stores or fancy haberdasheries in Paris you may well be able to find a beret for sale - but my French friend was in a regional town - Orleans - a big regional town and looked in all the stores there and voila - no berets.

So that romantic photos of French guys in berets riding old bicycles or sitting at bars puffing Gauloises and drinking vin de table I guess are dated.

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