French or Foe? Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and

French or Foe? Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and


10 thoughts on “French or Foe? Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and Working in France

  1. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    Overall this is a good resource and I wish I had read this sooner At the same time reading it nearly a year into living in France allowed me to assess the info through the lens of my own experience There are some serious flaws in the book though not all of which are the author's fault ie this book was published in 1994 and a lot has changed since thenThe bad stuff besides being nearly 20 years old the book is horribly Paris centric and obviously aimed at an audience of white anglo upper management unilingual types I hate to say it but I really did not enjoy the author's persona she writes about herself and her experiences a lot although her writing style is direct lively and funny I found it difficult to identify with this aged upper class her husband was a high ranking UNESCO official and she lived across the street from the Prime Minster's official home in Paris need I say white woman Also she twice tied her dog outside of a shop and forgot about him Anyway mainly it was hard for me to identify with her experiences because she obviously moved in an upper class Parisian world that I have no experience with here on the Côte d'Azur For all I know it may very well be a world that's goneThe good stuff the book is a uick and fun read I found myself laughing a lot and there is so much that is true It's full of insightful anecdotes from both French and non French There's a lot of information about the French workplace that I imagine would be very helpful for those working here The section on why the French don't smile or give good service was a revelation to me and now I feel better about all the expressionless stares I get At the end of the book Platt sums up the main difficulties for foreigners living in France which I can confirm are still present The French live a strange paradox they've created a strict conservative regimented hierarchical society yet they break the rules and do what they want It's a sort of controlled anarchy that is sometimes enjoyable but never when you have to deal with the administration In sum I recommend this to anyone moving to or living in France but keep in mind that some info is dated and doesn't apply to non upper class BCBG Parisian society There ARE French people who eat crap smile say 'enchanté' dress like slobs etc The book is full of explanations and suggestions and funny sad anecdotes The other book I read about living in France 'Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong' is of a historicalcultural analysis of the components of French society The two books together give a good general understanding of the French where they're coming from where they're at and show how to navigate French society in daily life


  2. Felipe Felipe says:

    Is a very interesting insight to French Life and behavior Contains a lot of information on the history of France and how it relates to their culture and behavior I liked specially the first half of the book but I dragged during the second half The reason is that the book is targeted to a high society bussiness manager public and I'm neither So I could have lived without the description of the dinner party behavior and the very long chapters about how the enterprises operate I also think that a lot of the analysis is a bit outdated Most of the stories and examples and from the 80s 90s and a lot don't match with the behavior that I've seen living in France of 2009 Overall I think it could be very useful to anyone from another culture looking to come to France to live Just beware that not everything is as the books puts it Some things seem different some for better and some for worst


  3. Manik Sukoco Manik Sukoco says:

    Polly Platt's book is a mixture of valuable insight and eye rolling pompousness To give her due credit the first chapter is full of useful information and essentially contains all that you will need to know from this book Soon thereafter the book descends into a name dropping snobbery and gives all the tips you'd need to know if you were visiting with the upper 3% of French society Much of what Ms Platt reveals about French culture seems to be outdated and of little relevance to the middle and lower class French people that a visitor will no doubt actually be coming into contact with Indeed the author leaves the reader feeling that they would not be allowed at Ms Platt's own dinner tableWhen I visited Paris I certainly found some of her information useful such as her recommendation to use The Ten Magic Words again in the first chapter and whether many of the French we came across were smiling and accommodating for this reason I cannot say Read this book and you will likely make fewer cultural mistakes in France than you would have if you hadn't but read it knowing it is not the last word on French culture and does not apply to most of the French population


  4. Alice Rachel Alice Rachel says:

    I don't know what kind of France that person went to but this book is filled with nonsense and preconceived bias Most of the things in there are just common logic I mean snooping around someone's house is rude whether you live in the US or in France It's just common politeness I wish people stopped writing prejudiced books about my native country Thanks


  5. Theresa Nardi Theresa Nardi says:

    A little dated but still the best book I have read about Le French


  6. Brenda Cregor Brenda Cregor says:

    Before we left for Paris my friend Amy gave me this book to read And thank goodness I tend to be loud and over friendly Me? Really? Yes If I had not learned to be French I might have prattled away on the subways tried to make jokes with strangers or turned up my nose at the dogs I saw inside the grocery stores When our other traveling companion and I found ourselves separated from Amy or dear guide and translator our first night in Paris we used the knowledge gained from this book to learn to say in French Pardon me Sir We have a problem in the most dramatic pathetic way possible we may never have been given the help we needed in order to reunite I did call a French lady a liar That is a no no But she surely must have been deceiving me about how much my baggage weighed Naughty I still had a McDonald's manager treat me with rudeness after I took a photo of the storefront but I attribute this to the nearly imbred tactic to be as rude as possible Baroness Emmuska Orczy stated in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL about the Frenchit was a sure sign of servility to meekly reply to civil uestions The French republicans must be snotty in order to show they will never again be subservient to anyone who appears to be above them in society aristocrat or not 0 If you are going to France read this book Make it your Bible


  7. Vincent Vincent says:

    Polly Platt’s French or Foe? is a mixture of valuable insight and suggestive pompousness To give her due credit the first chapter is full of useful information and essentially contains all that you will need to know from this book Soon thereafter the book descends into name dropping and gives all the tips you’d need to know if you were visiting with the upper echelon of French society Much of what Platt reveals about French culture seems to be outdated and of little relevance to the middle and lower class French people that a visitor will no doubt actually be coming into contact withWhen I visited Paris I certainly found some of her information useful such as her recommendation to use “The Ten Magic Words” again in the first chapter Whether many of the French we came across were smiling and accommodating for this reason I cannot say Perhaps they were just sociable than Platt would have us believe Read this book and you will likely make fewer cultural mistakes in France than you would have if you hadn’t but read it knowing it is not the last word on French culture and does not apply to most of the French population


  8. Kari Kari says:

    If I had read this when I arrived in France I could have avoided a lot of frustrations anger and tears Platt's explanations make sense of the French to Americans


  9. CTEP CTEP says:

    For the May book club I read French or Foe by Polly Platt A regular at the coffee shop I work at recommended this to me upon finding out that I'm actually moving to France in the fall What this book has to do with CTEP specifically is nothing It's a uite funny guide to not get not the French's bad side by breaking all their cultural norms and taboos Platt definitely uses the American stereotype to point out that cultural misunderstandings are nothing than two different perspectives hitting head on The whole of the book talks about how to avoid this in France from French rudeness to French time and Platt pokes fun at Americans the whole time for just not getting it and not being open to getting it What particularly struck me as I was reading this was not the specific French context of the book but the overall theme It's basically saying Hey look you're about to start living in this culture that's so different from yours here are the things you should know I wondered numerous times how helpful it would be for people here to read a book like this based on the Somali Hmong Spanish etc immigrants here Would people treat some of these immigrants differently if they knew why they do the things they do or why they act the way they do? Maybe but isn't also sad that I think that Americans would benefit from that? Platt's book is intended for Americans moving to France not Americans living in America dealing with the French so there's clearly a different level of motivation and expectation with this book I double this book have the same popularity if it was aimed toward Americans dealing with outside cultures on their own turf but it would certainly be interesting to see


  10. Chris Chris says:

    Fun


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French or Foe? Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and Working in France ⚣ French or Foe? Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and Working in France Books ⚡ Author Polly Platt – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Polly Platt's title French or Foe is timely than ever as the Franco American alliance frays a little with each day the exchanges vitriolic than ever before Her book has long been the reference for wha Foe? Getting PDF/EPUB ½ Polly Platt's title French or Foe is timely than ever as the Franco American alliance frays a little with each day the exchanges vitriolic than ever before Her book has long been the reference for or Foe? Getting the Most Epub / what it is about the French that rubs Americans the wrong way why the Franco American alliance has difficulties and how to handle French people and find out she says how wonderful they are Now in the third edition she examines the revolution of the last few years brought about by the computer and the Internet Interviews with many French or ePUB ↠ American and French executives explain the differences and the similarities in procedures in the work place compared five years ago In addition French or Foe's third edition describes the French exceptions of the last few years the Messier scandal the reasons why France was voted the Workers' Paradise in ; the romantic Look version ; the government's new measures to combat the number of road deaths and to reduce smoking; the new Mayor's campaign against dog poop and his transforming of the banks of the Seine into Paris Plage a beach resort; the havoc wrought or Foe? Getting PDF ↠ by the hurricanes at Christmas The third edition tells what happened to various French heroes such as Jean Paul Belmondo and Yves Saint Laurent and describes events like the reburial of Alexandre Dumas in the Pantheon the French hall of fame It portrays the success of determined French individuals from Eric Srecki world fencing champion to Peggy Bouchet the first woman to row across the Atlantic and the rocker Johnnie Halliday who gave the biggest concert ever organized in France in the Stade de France one year after the greatest celebration ofall when the or Foe? Getting the Most Epub / French won the soccer World Cup there in in one of the country's most exciting and dramatic national triumphs The addition of an Index makes this third edition one that everyone will want to have in their library.

  • Paperback
  • 292 pages
  • French or Foe? Getting the Most Out of Visiting Living and Working in France
  • Polly Platt
  • English
  • 04 May 2015
  • 9780964668423

About the Author: Polly Platt

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