In all areas—from fashion to cuisine to the art of seduction—the French reign supreme in their ability to enjoy life to the fullest. So why do we love to hate the French, yet still covet their singular joie de vivre?
A duo of saavy authors breaks it down for readers by dividing the French populace into relatable “tribes”— each of which offer keys to a life well-led. To demystify the French enigma, each chapter opens with a short quiz to help readers determine their level of kinship with that particular tribe: Classic Frog, AristoChic, Vintage Bourgeois, Modern Bourgeois, Intellectual, Feel-Good Bohemian, or Foodie. With tongue-in- cheek humor, the authors divulge the enviable Gallic secrets so that readers can integrate elements of an iconic French wardrobe, infallible recipes, life- enhancing rituals, cult products, and personal style tips into their daily routine. Offering insight with verve and wit, this book is replete with facts and practical tips for assimilating the best of what France has to offer.
The volume is completed by a guide to the best addresses in France and online for quintessentially French inspiration.
About the Authors
Valérie de Saint-Pierre is a lifestyle and trends journalist for Madame Figaro and has contributed to Elle and Vogue Homme. She is the author of an iconic book on attitudes of the 1980s.
Frédérique Veysset is a true Parisian and has worked for magazines including Vanity Fair, Glamour, Grazia Italy, and Madame Figaro. She co-authored Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic, an international bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages.