Jean-Benoit Nadeau,Julie Barlow

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong

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.
475 afgedrukte pagina’s
Oorspronkelijke uitgave
2014
Uitgeverij
Robson

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    The book is profound in many ways. It is difficult to grasp one central thought after having read it so I will quote the authors: "France is not what it used to be. France has never been what it used to be, and it never will. So we might as well enjoy it while it lasts."
    Highly recommend to read it if you're interested in France and their midnset and culture.

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