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France, Where Is Your Mojo?

Eloi Saint Bris | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Eloi Saint Bris

Perhaps you've read Maureen Dowd's Times column on the "nouvelle vague" of French melancholia. The fact that this has some elements of truth leaves me a bitter taste. I battle every day with our national pessimism syndrome, which harms us more than the real state of things does.

Making Time for Life: Even Down in the Dumps, the French Maintain Their Joie de Vivre

Harriet Welty Rochefort | Posted 12.04.2012 | Books
Harriet Welty Rochefort

When I told a French friend I was writing a book about his compatriots entitled Joie de Vivre, he smiled and asked "Is it fiction?" Yet another French friend reacted with a pained look, lamenting that "we used to have it."