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Working in France
on 14 October 2012
This is a basic and practical guide to living and working in France, and as thus is a good handbook to keep at one's side if relocating. But in Chapter 19 - 'The French' - some of his gratuitous and offensive generalisations about the French I found astonishing in a book that is supposed to support and encourage people to live and work in that country. His opening paragraph is breathtaking, 'A typical French person is artificial, elitist...racist..unhygienic...truculent...callous...bad tempered'..and about forty other both unflattering and bizarrely flattering adjectives. I wonder what a Frenchman writing a Living in Britain handbook might write of us?
I imagine the writer thinks he's being witty and ironic, but in fact it just comes across as both offensive and pointless. The book would be better if it stopped this puerile stereotyping and stuck with the facts. Especially as the writer now lives in the small, typically French area of............Bath, Wiltshire.