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 printed pages
Original publication


    Assel Stambekovashared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot

    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.


    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    This association became 25,000 members strong and coordinates dozens of similar organizations worldwide.

    Given the deleterious nature of financial markets, the Tobin Tax is probably inapplicable, but the idea of taxing financial transactions has begun to gain currency among some Western democracies anyway, notably Finland and Canada.
    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    Salaries are very rarely discussed in public in any context. When people do discuss them, they claim to earn less than they actually do. Although civil servants’ salaries are theoretically public, the system is so riddled with perks and bonuses that it’s impossible to actually know what any civil servant earns. By the same token, French tax offices have always had difficulty assessing how much money there is in the country. The switch to the euro brought a lot of cash back into the system because an estimated 80 per cent of all five hundred–franc bills were said to be stashed in mattresses and pillows across the country. When French protesters demonstrate, they never openly ask for money; they wrap it in another demand like better working conditions.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted4 years ago
    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.

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