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The Xenophobe's Guide to the French, 4th Ed.

Nick Yapp, Michel Syrett

Publisher: Oval, 2004 , 63 pages

ISBN: 1-902825-28-4

Keywords: Culture


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Xenophobia – an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.

Xenophobe's® Guides – an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

'The French believe intensely in what they call la règle: that everything that matters should be done in the right way and in the right place and at the right time.

What they don't like, and ignore at their discretion, are petty regulations – about parking, smoking, driving, hygiene, and where you may and may not urinate.'

Xenophobe's® Motto –

Forewarned is forearmed.

Table of Contents:

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  • Nationalism and Identity
  • Character
  • Attitudes and Values
  • Behaviour
  • Manners
  • Leisure and Pleasure
  • Humour
  • Culture
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Systems
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Government and Bureaucracy
  • Business
  • Obsessions
  • Language and Ideas


The Xenophobe's Guide to the French

by Roland Buresund last modified 2007-12-09 16:13

Rating: ***** (OK)

Take it for what it is: a short and sometimes witty description of the French people. It is a bit shallow, but at least it is very much on point.

Read it before the vacation or your first meeting with some Frenchies. After that, you need something more substantial.

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