File - Two women sit on a bank of the river Seine near the Eiffel Tower, in this April 18, 2013 in Paris. (AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BUREAU)
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Forever thin, effortlessly chic, a culinary goddess with well-behaved children raised on broccoli – a certain image of French women thrives in the United States, or at least in its bookstores.Last year, American author Pamela Druckerman touched off something of a minor national debate when she came out with "Bringing Up Bebe," which celebrated the upbringing of French children who, she argued, learned how to say hello and eat vegetables.Jean Beaman, a sociologist at Duke University, said it's true that many American women perceive their French counterparts to be "fashionable and stylish [and] beautiful in an sort of effortless way".For example, she cited photographs of ex-French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who was born in Italy but grew up in France from the age of 7 .Indeed, the kind of French woman who informs these self-help books is typically Parisian.
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