Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
  • New Fodor’s forum -- coming soon!
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 29, 17 at 08:01 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report http://www.drozhealthblog.com/cla-safflower-oil/
  2. 2 Help me get excited about a week in Portugal
  3. 3 Chinese new year festivities in Paris
  4. 4 Visit to France
  5. 5 Trip Report London 'Tube-less', Fine dining, Fun excursions plus a GTG
  6. 6 Which Area in London?
  7. 7 Headed to Madrid in the Spring
  8. 8 Mid-May stay in Lauterbrunnen or Murren
  9. 9 Where to Visit in Normandy & Brittany
  10. 10 family trip to Germany and more
  11. 11 Overnight stop from Berlin to Paris
  12. 12 Trains - website?
  13. 13 Ham tacos and the toilet isn't sucking mud
  14. 14 Paris Apartment
  15. 15 Lisbon stay - Olissippo Lapa Palace vs NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade
  16. 16 Barcelona to Malaga
  17. 17 UK Mid- May drive week Cornwall
  18. 18 Milan airport--which one
  19. 19 Lorie Valley and Beyond
  20. 20 Italy 9 Days in December/Itinerary Help
  21. 21 Best area to stay in Amsterdam for a first time visitor
  22. 22 Overwhelmed with planning! Need help from Italy experts.
  23. 23 1st time to Europe
  24. 24 Trip Report Paris November 2017
  25. 25 Can only visit one (maybe two) cities. Which one?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Learning to Love the French as They Are

Jump to last reply

Looks like an interesting read for Francophiles (and perhaps some Francophobes as well)...

"Learning to Love the French as They Are"

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/14/books/14FREN.html?8hpib

An excerpt...

The book ["Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow, two Canadian journalists] tells its share of cute stories about cross-cultural infractions that this married couple ? one a French speaker from Quebec and the other an English speaker from Ontario ? suffered and inflicted during their two-year stay in France.

But the authors' intent was more anthropological than literary as they aimed to find historic, geographic and linguistic reasons for French behavior ? not just at the table but also in business and politics and school, as well as on the subway and at the market.

They examined the many paradoxes of France. It has an overregulated economy with high taxes and double-digit unemployment, but is also one of the world's most productive countries. Its people drink, smoke and indulge in high-cholesterol food with abandon, yet have far less obesity and fewer heart problems than Americans. French attitudes are sometimes disparaged as anti-Semitic, but France was also the first European country to grant civil rights to Jews and has had Jewish presidents prime ministers.

"We wanted to decide what were perceptions and what were the results of prejudices we grew up with," Ms. Barlow explained in an interview.

36 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement