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There was no doubting the sense of triumph in articles announcing that French Women DO get fat trumpeted the latest statistic that 15 per cent of French women are obese.
Many of the books and articles about French women focus on “the look” and reflect on what is “indefinably sexy about French women”.
But does the interest in French womanhood reflect a desire for a kind of mentoring, for inspiration about what it means to be a woman? In a culture where women are over-sexualised and magazines suggest shopping is all, studies of French women may still largely focus on the sex appeal but also offer a more cohesive view of womanhood based on tradition, philosophy and intellect. Could that be part of the appeal?