What is it like to be French?

About the luck of being French

Cooks, agents and mistresses are the main characters in the incredible stories from France that Ulrich Wickert tells with charm and irony. Scenes from a country we thought we knew ...

Who knows the country where hand-picked potatoes are served for dessert or the name of a cheese comes from interest fraud? France - we think we know it and yet often only have the usual images and ideas in mind. Ulrich Wickert, the clever and charming causer, invites you to see (his) France with new eyes in his "unbelievable stories". On this foray we learn astonishing things: the Minister of the Interior has agents of the political police shadow the President; the latter, in turn, orders that beautiful actresses, journalists and writers be wiretapped. The ministers' chauffeurs must report to the interior minister when their boss goes to visit the mistress. And in order to be able to afford the expensive life with a lover, politicians sneak bogus contracts with state-owned companies ...

There are unheard-of episodes that Ulrich Wickert knows how to tell from France's past and present. He spans a wide historical arc and insists on spreading a wealth of funny and thought-provoking experiences. With his own wit and pointed irony, Wickert weighs what makes the French so lovable and why one is sometimes tired of them. "The happiness of being French" - all true incidents that sound so incredible, as if they were about an unknown country: France.