Why France's aristocracy hasn't gone away - BBC Article
"Despite officially not existing, the French nobility continues to endure and often thrive in the 21st Century.
Nancy Mitford - who spent much of her life in Paris - joked in one of her books that French nobles were far more touchy about status than their English peers.
Invite a French duke to the embassy, and you had to know whether he was a) an ancien regime duke, b) a Restoration duke, c) a Napoleonic duke or d) a Papal duke."...Lire la suite
Transmission radio sur la BBC : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080pxj9, (à 26min26s)