Eau d'Odor

Some friends of mine returned from a stay in Provence last week, and I had to restrain myself from asking how the French are smelling these days. When I visited France in the past, I hasten to say, I hadn't found the odor of its citizens to be a matter of serious concern, but that was before I read in the New York Times that only 47% of them bathe every day. It's a figure that does, you must admit, give one pause.

So why didn't I just ask? Frankly, I didn't want to come off as one of those unsophisticated...

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