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Obviously as you know I am a glass-half-full sort of person. I keep complaining about all the cliches about French women, but I thought that I should let you know what the main advantages of being a French woman abroad are. Because after all, it’s all about being balanced, and all isn’t doom and gloom. Quite the opposite in fact. So here we go:


  1. Whatever you are wearing, you are stylish. You are going to get compared to Juliette Binoche and Audrey Tautou. Don’t fight it, there is simply no point. You have put your torn jeans and dirty white T-shirt on and it’s completely OK. Because you are French, remember. You can pull it off. Come to think of it, from now on you can pull anything off.
  2. No need to wash your hair every day, because your hair looks better messy anyway. It shouts ‘I have better things to do than combing my hair’. Don’t ask me why, but apparently it’s totally cool. No, seriously. Warning: it can be a bit itchy sometimes. Just saying.
  3. It’s OK to be intense and passionate, and give a guy a hard time. Apparently, that’s what men expect from us French women. So go for it, throw a tantrum and see what happens. For some reason men seem to love it. Weird.
  4. You are supposed to smoke. And if you don’t, it doesn’t matter. You are supposed to. Because it’s part of being ‘French-sexy’
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  6. Stuffing you face with a croissant will not be looked down upon. So what are you waiting for? Unleash your French side and bite into it. With gusto.
  7. Your accent is sexy. Get over it.
  8. You are a wine expert. You don’t drink? Still, you will be considered to be an expert. That’s just the way it is.
  9. On top of being a wine expert, you are also a relationship expert. Maybe it comes with the territory…You need prepared to be told stuff that you wouldn’t tell your best friend. Be gracious , and deal with it my way: shut up and nod.
  10. Be prepared to be idolised. It feels quite weird, because you will feel  like a cheat: you did absolutely nothing to deserve this. Life is unfair!
  11. People will feel compelled to talk to you in French. The thing is, you won’t understand them. There is no point in trying to correct them , because they would perceive you as being arrogant. Just nod and smile. Much easier.