Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France [Polly Platt] on If I was to buy just one book, it would be this one “French or Foe?. Polly Platt’s title French or Foe? is more timely than ever, as the Franco. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than. Polly Platt was an American author specializing in books related to Americans living or working anger and disorientation culled from the seminars became the centerpiece of Platt’s bestselling book on French culture, French or Foe?.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Bh international best-seller since Most of the things in there are just common logic I already thought the French were wonderful, so I picked up this book plly to see what “stereotypes” were going to be explained away.

The author does a nice job of describing the nature of French culture to shape actions and responses See all customer images. They groan, “Analysis paralysis!

Rudeness is in the Eye of the Beholder. However, the version I read was a little dated, but that is okay when reading things about the French, because as it turns out, they rarely change.

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Poatt, an entertaining and informative book. 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. Of course, there was a lot of truth in The Platr and it was quite funny, but it was rather mean-spirited in its approach. Not so, says Polly Platt, author of French or Foe?

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By the end of the book, if you have applied everything you’ve learned, you may have more French friends than Americans! No trivia or quizzes yet.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Nov 17, Vanessa rated it liked it Recommended to Vanessa by: Polly Platt’s book is a mixture of valuable insight and eye-rolling pompousness.


French or Foe? French-American Cultural Differences

I liked specially the first half of pilly book, but I dragged during the second half. W ith six million Moslems living in France, friendly relations with Islam have been a priority of the present French government. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than ever before.

Overcopies in print. I think he would like me to move to France to be near him and my grand children. How naked and sad he looks! Common terms and phrases 12th century Alain Peyrefitte American Anglo-Saxon arrived asked Bernard Pivot Bonjour boss called century Chapter codes culture dinner party director door dress e-mail Elf Aquitaine employees engineer English Europe everything exam executives feel foie gras foreigners France French companies French friends French language French managers French or Foe French women Frenchman German give Grandes Ecoles Groupe Bull guests Guez happened hierarchy frencu hostess ingenieurs insult invited J.

There are a few points in the book that seem to be about right, but there are plenty of times where she is absolutely dead wrong.

Polly Platt was a journalist in New York before moving to Paris inwhere she founded Culture Crossings, a cross-cultural training organization for corporate executives and their spouses.

In addition, French or Foe’s third edition describes the “French exceptions” of the last few years: Getting the most of visiting, working and living in France. Much of what Ms. I mean, snooping around someone’s house is rude, whether you live in the US or in France. The author’s style is somewhat over the top at times plagt exaggerating points with somewhat humorous hyperbole and sort of saying the same thing several times in different words – but its not offensive and makes for more entertaining reading.

View all 4 comments. Why don’t French people introduce you? When I got home, she went for me — a tantrum such as I’d never seen. No one is rude if you frenxh out this friendly! J’ai besoin d’un SAC! Be warned, however, that Platt wrote this book about a very particular Parisian uber-class whom most of us will never meet when visiting or living in the “real” France. The addition of an Index makes this third edition one that everyone will want to have in their library.


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

France Paris Provinces Colonies. Mar 14, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I tend to be loud and over-friendly.

Now, where is that Parisian job so I can put all my new knowledge and understanding to use? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Corporate Looking Glass. Whether many of the French we came across were smiling and accommodating for this reason, I cannot say.

In dealing with friends or civil servants or traders, they “take their time. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. May 19, Theresa Nardi rated it it was amazing. Some chapters in the middle get bogged down with a bunch of business stuff. Did you know that shopkeepers will not greet you when you enter their store? A must if you visit France for work or holiday.

I just purchased my fifth copy of this book–I give them as parting gifts to friends going to France. The way the baker twists the tissue around a croissant, the way a scarf is folded, the color of shutters and the form of the railings on street corners are part of the poetry of France, as is a bus driver waiting at a stop for a late passenger waving frantically at him across the street, and a hairdresser working hours of unpaid overtime on recalcitrant hair.

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