Navigating “je ne sais quoi” with Debra Ollivier

Written by Emily M. Monaco

23 May 2024

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Ep 69 – Navigating “Je Ne Sais Quoi” with Debra Ollivier

Je ne sais quoi is a phrase American women love to use to describe their French counterparts, but according to best-selling author Debra Ollivier,  the French don’t use it at all.
She’s here to talk about why – and what this means about the French approach to popularity, likeability, and identity.


Debra Ollivier is French-American best-selling author, ghost writer and book doctoring specialist. She is the author of What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind (Penguin) and Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl (St. Martin’s Press).


Head to Debra’s website to learn more about her and her work.

Emily M. Monaco

Emily Monaco moved to Paris from New York in 2007, and ever since, she has been writing about cheese, language, and more. Her work has previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Saveur, and more. Find out more about her French food faves and international adventures on Instagram @emily_in_france.

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