By Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow
-Smoke, drink and consume extra fats than someone on the earth, but stay longer and feature fewer cardiovascular disease than Americans
-Work 35-hour weeks, and take seven weeks of paid vacation trips in line with 12 months, yet are nonetheless the world's fourth-biggest financial power
So what makes the French so different?
Sixty Million Frenchmen cannot be mistaken is a trip into the French middle, brain and soul. Decrypting French principles approximately land, privateness and language, Nadeau and Barlow weave jointly the threads of French society--from centralization and the Napoleonic Code to elite schooling or even highway protests--giving us, for the 1st time, a whole photograph of the French.
"[A] readable and insightful piece of work." --Montreal Mirror
"In an period of irrational reactions to all issues French, here's an eminently rational resolution to the query, 'Why are the French like that?'" --Library Journal
"A must-read." --Edmonton Journal
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Issues stunned him approximately lifestyles in the USA. Academically, his American friends have been approach in the back of. Benjamin knew extra approximately English grammar than they did. That’s now not astonishing given the drill-type schooling French little ones obtain and the variety of hours they spend in school— as much as 40 a week. however, Benjamin stated, American kids have been even more “socially mature” than his French friends. lots of the highschool scholars he met had part-time jobs and earned their very own pocket funds. They got here and went as they happy among domestic and faculty, atmosphere their very own schedules and taking accountability for his or her lives. such a lot anticipated to be riding at age 16 and to possess their very own motor vehicle quickly after. What Benjamin acknowledged matched heavily with what we had saw. within the years that we stayed in France, we by no means met a toddler below eighteen who had a part-time job—not in a fuel bar, a cafe, or perhaps a style shop. To be designated, the one baby we observed operating used to be the sixteen-year-old son of the “Arab"—as the French name mom-and-pop grocers, typically run by means of North Africans—on the 1st ground of our house development. And the kid was once probably not “working” up to filling in whilst his father needed to be elsewhere. The banal proof of youth existence in the USA look unusual to the French. laws in France make it tough to rent an individual on a brief foundation, specifically young ones more youthful than 16, so French youngsters don’t are inclined to carry part-time jobs whereas they’re in school. They don’t uniformly force, both, partially simply because automobiles aren’t a need in such a lot French towns, but additionally simply because they don’t desire them to force to their part-time jobs. in comparison to american citizens, French mom and dad defend their young children; they struggle to maintain them so long as attainable from outdoor affects and the need of labor. It’s now not simply because French mom and dad are unnaturally protecting. they simply be aware of that their childrens need to examine tough to be triumphant. Diplomas are every little thing in French society; they keep on with the French far and wide they move, all their lives. So French mom and dad do every thing they could to maximise their children’s functionality. We met middle-class mom and dad who nonetheless gave allowances to their twenty-two or twenty-three-year-old kids. We met scholars of their twenties who had by no means had a task. They weren’t all from the higher or perhaps heart sessions. One, a twenty-five-year-old, advised us he had by no means earned a centime in his existence. He had a master’s measure in legislation and was once the son of a barber. the explanation he by no means labored, he acknowledged, used to be that it appeared undesirable: basically the actually terrible paintings whereas learning. strong effects are so very important within the French method that during the summer time many oldsters purchase their young ones cahiers de vacances (holiday workout books) to major them for the subsequent institution yr. l. a. rentrée (back to college) is a really severe affair in France. The papers are choked with suggestion approximately how you can get youngsters off to the simplest begin attainable. One column even urged mom and dad to get their children’s toes checked for warts in order that they wouldn’t be distracted by means of the matter in the course of the university 12 months.