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A guidebook can show you where to go, a phrase-book what to say when you get there.

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A guidebook can show you where to go, a phrase-book what to say when you get there. Only Speak the Culture: France will lead you to the nation's soul. This easy-to-use cultural companion reflects what it means to have grown up with Camus, Czanne, De Gaulle and Bardot; it captures the spirit of France and delves deep into the Gallic psyche.

Through exploring the people, the movements and the lifestyles that have shaped the French experience, you will come to an intimate understanding of France and the French.

There are many travel guides and manuals on living in France. Speak the Culture: France is different: a superbly designed, informed and entertaining insight into French life and culture and who the French really are.

Recommended by the Institut franais du Royaume-Uni, the Official French Government Centre of Language and Culture in the UK

For new residents, business travellers, holidaymakers, students and lovers of France everywhere, Speak the Culture: France is an engaging companion and guide to an enviably rich civilization at the heart of Europe.

"It would be wrong to imagine that your average Frenchwoman just pops into Chanel on the Rue du Faubourg-St-Honor whenever she needs a new bag, cardy or fragrance. While a significant minority do indulge in ready-to-wear lines produced by designer labels, most are happy with less brand-conscious garments. Small boutiques and historic department stores like Le Bon March and Les Galeries Lafayette sell the big brands, but many French are happy to buy anonymous clothes at knockdown prices in chain stores like Tati, or even in the hypermarket."

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condition new
ISBN 9781854184931
author Andrew Whittaker
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Number of Pages 300
Publisher Stylus Publishing
Table of Contents 1) Identity: The Foundations of French Culture; 2) Literature and Philosophy; 3) Art and Architecture; 4) Performing Arts; 5) Arbiters of Style: Cinema, Photography and Fashion; 6) Media and Communications; 7) Consuming Culture: Food and Drink; 8) Living Culture: The State of the Nation.
Cover Type Paperback

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