I Love France

28 October 2006 at 11:16 am 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

Here is a confession. I love France. Not just the food or the countryside or the language, but also the culture, the history, the way of life. Perhaps that makes me a cheese-eating surrender monkey. I don’t know. But I do know that I like France. And I don’t even mind the French all that much.

Seriously, I’m fortunate to count such diverse thinkers as Pierre Garrouste, Jean-Michel Glachant, Guido Hülsmann, Nathalie Janson, Armelle Mazé, Claude Ménard, Philippe Nataf, Pascal Salin, Stéphane Saussier, and Anne Yvrande-Billon as friends, colleagues, and research collaborators.

Despite my Francophilia — or perhaps because of it — I have enjoyed reading Stephen Clarke’s A Year in the Merde, a send-up of French society and culture written by a young British expat. It’s funny (though a bit raunchy), and resonates well with those of us who admire, but fail to comprehend, so much of what it means to be French. A good read.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lars Smith  |  28 October 2006 at 2:01 pm

    Check out this week’s survey of France in The Economist,

  • 2. Pamela Poole  |  22 October 2007 at 2:23 am

    Bonjour Peter.

    I found your blog and wanted to let you know about the new social network for Francophiles at http://www.francophilia.com.

    We’re still in beta testing, but please come by and join us. And please share the info with your Francophile readers and friends!

    I look forward to meeting you at Francophilia.

    Pamela Poole

  • 3. bouismine  |  4 January 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I love France more -_-

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