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Book review: French Women Don’t Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano

By Lucy Wadham  

What explains the mystique of French womanhood? A flexible attitude to the truth, says Lucy Wadham

Isabelle Adjani as a “moping nymphomaniac” in One Deadly Summer: “there’s been little movement in France towards equality in the bedroom”

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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…

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