As I’ve mentioned on at least two occasions I have been sorely, sadly disappointed by “Femmes” — mission statement: The magazine for women 40 and over (you know the drill, “glamorous, it’s our time, we’re beautiful, vibrant, 40 is no longer 40; 50 no long 50 and on and on”) when the editors stooped to that loathsome compromise of putting 20 and 30-somethings on the cover. (We’re not here to discuss the whys and rationalizations involved. I think we correctly suspect the reasons.)
Good news: The last two issues featured women in their 40s. Claire Chazal, who anchors the weekend TV news forcing me to watch world events to see what she’s wearing. I could write a book on her style — no one would buy it of course, but you get my point. She is stunning and has a young boyfriend, very cute.
The July/August cover spotlights the ever glam Demi Moore.
All of the above is an aside to the original subject of this post (quelle surprise, you must be thinking: she never wanders off subject, this is so unlike her. . .) What I want to share with you is a survey taken in the Demi Moore issue of “Femmes” about love in France.
Cover line right across Demi’s body: 67% des Français déclarent amoureux.
And better yet, 71% between the ages of 50 and 65 declare they’re in love.
Here are a few specifics:
Q: Are you in love at this moment?
A: Oui, 71% of the men.A: Oui, 64% of the women.
Q: Have you ever experienced “Le Grand Amour“?*
A: Oui, 83% of the men.A: Oui, 82% of the women.
*(Several times? The men 27%; the women 19%. Only once in your life? The men 56%; the women 63%.)
Q: Do you think you could, today, fall passionately in love?
A: Qui, 24% of the men.A: Qui, 18% of the women.
A: I am already passionately in love: 34% of the men and 35% of the women.
Q: Would you move to another country for love?
A: Oui, 42% of the men.A: Qui, 37% of the women.
Q: Would you renounce your career for love?
A: Oui, 37% of the men.A: Oui, 38% of the women.
Q: Would you change your religion for love?
A: Non, 88% of the men.A: Non, 87% of the women.
Et voila, viva l’amour.