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Sex and the French

Adam Gopnik reflects on the attitude of the French to the sex lives of their statesmen, and gives his opinion that the price of privilege is prudence.

Adam Gopnik reflects on the attitude of the French to the sex lives of their statesmen and gives his opinion that the price of privilege is prudence. "Puritanical societies are less morally alert than ones like France that aren't, because the puritanical societies have the judgments prepackaged and their hypocrisies, too. Instead, in France, the moral rights and wrongs, I've learned, are adjudicated case by case."

Producer: Sheila Cook.

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Sun 19 Jan 2014 08:48

A Point of View: Sex and the French

A Point of View: Sex and the French

Press reports about the French president's complicated love life highlight the difference between Anglo-Saxon and Gallic attitudes towards sex, adultery, but above all appetite, writes Adam Gopnik.

 

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

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