A comprehensive ready-reckoner to the customs and etiquette of France -Europe's most singular and centrist culture. 'Vive la difference!'- the term which celebrates the special qualities of the French way of life and the unique attributes of 'French sytle', in food and wine, art and architecture, fashion and passion, remains as true today as ever it did. At the heart of the European movement, it sees itself also as guardian of the 'soul' of Europe.Contents: Getting to Know France; A Brief History (including Roman Conquest to Liberation & renewal); Who Are the French? (including French-English rivalry, guarding 'Frenchness', Haute Couture and post-colonial trauma); Meeting People (including conversational techniques, home & family life, state & religion); French Homes; Eating & Drinking (including wine and regional cuisine); Business Contacts; Travelling Around (including French Railways, public transport in Paris and public holidays); Out & About (including banks, museums, where to stay and public conveniences); Useful Words & Phrases;Facts About France; Index.