top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Not so glam

As soon as I read Jessica Knipe’s interview with Helena Frith Powell (August), I realised that I was living in a parallel and quite different France from Helena’s. French women ‘more elegant’? In your dreams!

The default hairstyle for most under 45s in this part of France seems to be that made popular by Kate Middleton – a centre parting with hair hanging down each side of the face like curtains. Ladies over 45 often treat themselves to a cut but then spoil the effect with a terrible tint, blonde or beetroot.

A little eye make-up is not unknown but lipstick is so rare that we actually comment on it when we see it! Instances of chronic obesity are seen here every day. The majority of French women are born with enviable natural beauty but to say that they know how to make the most of it, matching bras and knickers notwithstanding, is a myth.

Barry HILL, Manche


Click here for Jessica Knipe's interview

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Visa and residency cards for France*
Featured Help Guide
- Visas and residency cards (cartes de séjour) for France help guide - Understand when visas and residency cards are required to move to France or come for an extended stay - Applies to Britons (post-Brexit) and to all other non-EU/non-EEA/Swiss nationalities - Useful to anyone considering a move to France, whether for work or otherwise, or wanting to spend more than three months at their French second home
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now