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This handsome volume presents France and its rich culture in all its bountyfrom landscape and tradition to literature and legend. Eminent French author Denis Tillinac takes the reader through provincial French villages to deluxe Riviera retreats and on to the City of Light, providing insight into Henri IV, the origins of champagne, and the development of the high-speed (TGV) train along the way. From Flauberts Madame Bovary to the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte, and from La Fontaines fables to the early feminist Joan of Arc, this book provides an insiders tour of the Hexagon.Discover France through its cultural legacy: the UNESCO-protected French gastronomy, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Tour de France, the Seine, dith Piaf, or the perfect baguette. Photographs of iconic sights such as Notre Dame, Monets Water Lilies, and the Place des Vosges, make this book the ideal Francophile gift.