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The secret life of France

Author: Lucy Wadham
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the mutual bafflement and fascination that characterised both their subsequent marriage and the author's unfolding relationship with France. This book leads us on a journey through the French moral maze, and examines French attitudes to a range of subjects from marriage and adultery to work and race relations.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wadham, Lucy, 1964-
Secret life of France.
London : Faber and Faber, 2009
(OCoLC)755243931
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Wadham
ISBN: 9780571236114 0571236111
OCLC Number: 319209118
Description: vi, 278 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Proposal : driving and breakfast --
2. The secret garden --
Slap and tickle, guilt and parking --
Adultery and the cult of beauty --
3. Being a woman : la libido, la femme fatale and the sisterhood --
4. Truth versus beauty --
Tragedy, comedy and historic French losers --
Television, hypocrisy and ideas --
5. The wedding --
Catholicism, anti-semitism and le pen --
Languae, yoghurt and hot rabbits --
6. Sublime, necessarily sublime --
Mayors, mass demonstration and mayhem --
Nobility, freedom and status --
7. Maternity --
Glory, breastfeeding and the norm --
8. Education --
Freud, maths and the cult of reason --
Smiley happy people --
9. The past --
The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie --
French rudeness, surrender and betrayal --
Collaboration and defeat --
10. Foreign affairs --
Cake and spies --
Anti-Americanism and la force de frappe --
11. Tolérance zéro --
Cops and spooks --
France's war on terror --
12. Sarkozy and the end of ideology --
Sex dwarves and the patriarchy --
The society of the spectacle and the end of the secret garden --
13. Black, blanc, beur --
Football, rap and role models --
14. Epilogue --
Douce France.
Responsibility: Lucy Wadham.

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