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WELCOME TO FRANCEFrench people believe that they invented Western civilization. In fact, many of them doubt that cultural refinement has ever spread beyond the borders of the beau pays.They may be right, but that's no reason to be intimidated by everyone and everything French. We do not have to feel inferior to French toddlers, French pig farmers, or French cats and dogs, for example.Granted, they all may be able to tell a Burgundy from a Bordeaux. They may have a firm grasp of the subjective tense. They may know Jacques Cousteau personally. But we play better basketball. Our mountains are bigger than theirs. And we saved them from the Germans.This book is intended to help transform readers into complete travelers, capable of subtle understanding, intelligent discourse, and effective verbal assault.Bonne chance.