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Why it is time to stop idealising French women

As sexual politics hits the headlines in France, Lucy Wadham considers why the mystique of the French woman holds such enduring appeal

By Lucy Wadham  

Trierweiler has checked into hospital to deal with emotional stress resulting from the French President François Hollande’s alleged affair ©PA

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts by Mireille Guillano (Doubleday, £14.99)

For the past fortnight I have been suffering my way through a pile of books from a growing branch of the self-help tree, all inviting me to think, look, and generally be more like a French woman. La Française, I now know, has the answers to life’s problems. The titles alone should give a hint of what I’ve endured:…

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