They wake up with impeccable bedhead! Since the dawn of the Republic, American women have looked to the City of Light for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle cues. Dressed up or down, Frenchwomen just make it all look so easy. They even seem to know the secret to that most difficult thing: how to age gracefully. Or do they? The pair of wrinkles carving arches over my eyebrows never bothered me until one day, suddenly, they did. All around me, women are seemingly getting younger. The use of fillers such as Restylane and neuromodulators such as Botox has achieved such critical mass in the U. My instinct is to resist this standard on feminist grounds. Perhaps less-is-more French dermatology was the answer?
Language of exile
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Young women are breaking the silence of French immigrants
And it is usual to see people with old names who change their name for a trendy nickname by just moving a syllable or a letter. The presents, the parties and the social merry-go-round is over for another year and most people, young and old, while feeling a little bereft at the return to normal business, are probably also feeling a tad relieved, as too much of a good thing can be exhausting. This secrecy involves never divulging your true age and, more depressingly, never having a birthday party — as your antique vintage may be revealed. Who cares if you are over 50? And why does she just apply these pearls of wisdom to women? Although the mother of two is obviously over 50, she will not divulge how old she is. No one can control society but we must abide by it.
When writer Kaoutar Harchi was a little girl growing up in Strasbourg two decades ago, her teacher gave her a book with the inscription, "To my little Arab". It is led by young female writers, filmmakers, and researchers like Harchi who are challenging the old myth that the millions who were brought for work after World War 2 -- primarily from Algeria and Morocco -- were perfectly integrated under the welcoming umbrella of French citizenship. This past weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Paris Massacre, when dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Algerian independence protesters were killed by police, many of them drowned in the Seine -- an incident wiped from the national memory for decades. There was a lot of shame and suffering. Many never found their place in society," said Tenfiche. Or there's Leila Slimani's bestselling "The Country of Others", which recounts how her Moroccan grandfather met her French grandmother. For the second, who had witnessed the sacrifices of their parents, the question of memory was secondary. It's the third generation, with enough distance from this painful history, who are able to tackle these questions," said Tenfiche. Lina Soualem, 31, has just released a documentary, "Leur Algerie" Their Algeria that digs into the experience of her grandparents coming to France in the s. A silence that was transmitted from generation to generation as if the language of exile was ultimately silence," she told AFP.