French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France (2nd Edition)
French or Foe Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and Working in France - 2nd Edition Author:Polly Platt Let's face it: the French have gotten a bad rap. Mention that you're considering a trip to France and everyone will warn you about rude waiters, supercilious shopkeepers, and snooty concierges who won't give you the time of day -- and worse, pretend not to understand your high-school French. Not so, says Polly Platt, author of Fre... more »nch or Foe?; "The French are generous, exhilarating friends," but they are different -- wonderfully so. The trick to getting along in France is understanding the culture and learning to accept it on French terms instead of your own. Though the book is designed primarily for people who will be living or working in France for extended periods, the lessons Platt teaches about manners, attitudes, and culture are invaluable for even those visitors just passing through.« less
Was extrememly helpful for my 2 week trip to France, had nothing but positive experiences there thanks to being aware of and practicing what was shared in the book about the cultural differences. Other friends had totally different experiences (negative!)with a similar itinerary.