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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French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France by Polly Platt

No eBook available Amazon. Sep 05, Balika rated it really liked it. Some chapters in the middle get bogged down with a bunch of business stuff. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Author Polly Platt ppatt away December 26, Paperbackpages. Platt’s explanations make sense of the French to Americans.

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It’s just common politeness. The book is focused on French culture in Paris and it is unclear whether all that is said is true of all of France. I found myself laughing a lot and there is so much that is true. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Platt wrote this primarily as preparation for people that will be spending much longer in France than we did, but it was enjoyable lolly a quick prep.

Mike Johnson, after his year in Paris frenxh editorial director for Groupe Teste, wrote in Management Today”In the office, it is always open season, at least verbally. There’s a lot of information about the French workplace that I imagine would be very helpful for those working here. Before we left for Paris, my friend, Amy, gave me this book to read.


At the end of the book, Platt sums up the main difficulties for foreigners living in France, which Frenh can confirm are still present.

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It was fun to read about all the differences between France and America and a little background about why. Mills and the Wharton Group. 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 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 By the end of the book, if you have applied everything you’ve learned, you may have more French friends than Americans!

Getting the most out of living, visiting and working in France.

Jun 21, Courtney rated it really liked it. There are some serious flaws in the book, though, not all of which are the author’s fault, i. Gave me things to think about, in terms of life here, as well as life in France. It’s respectful of all sides and offers positive advice for understanding and appreciating the alien point-of-view.

You get to see Americans and other foreigners at work in Fo and hear their tales Apr 11, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 03, Marissa Pineda rated it did not like it.

Someone knocked into me. Add “Monsieur” or “Madame” after “bonjour,” “au revoir,” etc. Interviews with many American and French executives explain the differences. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France

Mar 25, CharityJ rated it really liked it Shelves: She was ready to dump me and the kids crench good and clear out of France right then and there. 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.


Of course, there was a lot of truth in The Undutchables and it was quite funny, but it was rather mean-spirited in its approach.

One of my managers playfully grabbed the left buttock of an art-department mother-of-two Indeed, the author leaves the reader feeling that they would not be allowed at Ms. I suspected, and this was confirmed by frenc native Parisian, that much of this pertains to the “Bourgeoisie” of French society. One of them was the likely increase of Islamic terrorism, a concern which recent explosions in Saudi Arabia and Morocco would seem to validate.

Even if a person is not planning on any of the above, it is ny a good read, just for getting a good grasp on another culture. Books by Polly Platt. Morgan King live look Louis XIV lunch Madame marvel math means meeting Metro Minister Minitel minutes late mistakes monochronic monsieur ;olly never Paris Parisians political Platy Platt polychronic President quarkochronics restaurants Saint-Gobain smile someone strangers street talk television tell there’s things told waiting wine woman word Yves Montand Yves Saint-Laurent.

Their first reaction to any new proposal is No! To refuse me a bag! Recommended by someone we met at a B and B in Ashland as the best preparation for a successful trip to France. Refresh and try again.

This is THE book to read before you visit France.