Certain myths like that of the Parisian woman as a model of femininity, survive the test of time in people’s imagination. Every year, several bestsellers evolve around Parisian chic and the particular virtues of French women: ‘Entre nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding her Inner French Girl’ (D. Ollivier, 2004), ‘All You Need to be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation Into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women’ (H. Frith Powell, 2006), &lsquo...

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