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My Village: picture taken by my eldest daughter

I didn’t see this one coming. My home country has changed. I was quietly walking on the street, in my small village in France, and saw a guy sitting on a bench. He was reading, and seemed very concentrated. When I got closer, I noticed that he was reading a magazine. He was reading Glamour! What? It is common knowledge that most men love to ready beauty magazines meant for women, but usually they don’t do it in public.

What is going on? When did it become acceptable, for French men, to read Cosmo and the likes in full view of everybody? I must have missed something. How come nobody told me?

I decided to observe French men a bit more carefully. Most of them managed to pullout the ‘freshly-out-of-bed-forgot-to-shave’ look despite the fact that it was the middle of the afternoon. Nice. It must have taken them some time to get ready.

Then it dawned on me: maybe, over the last ten years, French men have become metrosexual. It was making complete sense: most were wearing pastel colours, and at the local pharmacy, a guy was buying a day cream specifically designed for men. I had never seen one doing this before.

On my way back home, I saw a guy carrying a ‘Elle’ magazine. It is official. French men have become metrosexual.

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London