Sex: Brief Is Best

More than Beaujolais or Bordeaux or their passionately loved franc, the illicit love affair has always held a special place in the hearts of Frenchmen. The magnificent Château de Chenonceaux is Henri II's tribute to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. French authors and artists—Emile Zola and Bonnard, for example—have immortalized their mistresses in their art. For the past 18 years the popular daily newspaper France Soir has run an illustrated serial titled "Famous Love Affairs." And now comes a bestselling survey of 93 French males entitled The Sexual Behavior of the...

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