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Letter: Noses off

WHAT IS this English obsession with French hygiene habits (Captain Moonlight, Culture, 3 January)? As an Englishman who's lived among the French for five years I can report that their personal hygiene is no different from ours, apart perhaps from a preference for a quick shower as opposed to wallowing in tepid, dirty water, as is customary back home.

My Parisian girlfriend's view is that a more interesting statistic for a review of 1998 is not the percentage of hand-washing Frenchmen but the percentage of victories enjoyed by her countrymen in the World Cup finals.


Paris, France