Covering your tracks, buying flowers and making up in silence for your little walk on the wild side: all of this works far better than the vastly overrated Anglo-Saxon sin of sincerity at all costs.

This is perhaps why French cuisine evolved into what it is today—one of the world’s most well-loved fares.

This is not weird at all, if you come to think of it.

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There are some weird things about the French that the rest of the world will find a bit hard to understand.

The lucky children in this country get introduced to an assortment of food which helps them appreciate a good meal at an early age.

Their young taste buds are exposed to a variety of flavors.

Lying is the accepted way of things, including for the betrayed spouse. We understand, like the late French-British financier Jimmy Goldsmith (he who famously said that a man who marries his mistress creates a job vacancy) that the point of adultery is not to break up a marriage, but to spice it up.

The French could not see what Bill Clinton, to name one celebrated two-timer, had done wrong. You’re bored, the zest has gone out of things, you snap at your partner, the kids suffer. Straying a little, with no intention of making the affair too permanent, more often than not reminds you that everyone must make an effort in a marriage.

It’s not that, should similar exposure occur, they fear being damned for their extra-marital affairs.