Harvey, I subscribed on Google Reader and I see you have six subscribers there too. Keep it up! There aren't too many American blogs in rural France.
Hmmmm....Bordeaux isn't really rural France. Nice-sized metropolitain area with a national symphony, internationally recognized ballet, national theater, and so on. But it sure ain't Paris and so we're in the Provinces. Does that make us "rural"? Maybe so, at least from the Parisian's point of view.
Your description is certainly more accurate than mine. Maybe non-Parisian is sufficient, since that's the only France a lot of people see.
A very funny article. I think perhaps the playwright was really using satire to make fun of how French women are often viewed by the rest of the world. Either way, American or French, we ladies just can't get a break!