Bounce back in style at Paris divorce fair

Mon Nov 9, 2009 11:11am EST
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By Vicky Buffery

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Sylvie Razafindrakoto, whose divorce was finalized three weeks ago, came looking for tips on coping with difficult teenagers as a newly single mother.

But the 46-year-old was sidetracked by an image consultant and booked herself in for a wardrobe makeover and consulting session on which colors suit her best.

"I need to boost my self-confidence a bit more. I need someone to tell me whether or not my look reflects my personality," she told Reuters at the first ever Divorce, Separation and Bereavement fair in Paris, held at the weekend.

Visitors could find everything they needed to ease the pain of separation, from legal and financial advice to life coaching, seduction tips or even cellulite removal.

Singletons or soon-to-be singletons could also hire the services of a private detective agency to uncover evidence of infidelity or hidden financial assets.

"The aim was to bring together under one roof a range of solutions, help for people facing all the problems that come with a separation," said event organizer Brigitte Gaumet, who has been happily married for 25 years.

In a city better known as the capital of romance, the fair shone a stark spotlight on the reality of modern relationships.

The annual number of divorces has more than doubled in France since the 1970s to over 134,000 in 2007, according to national statistics office INSEE.   Continued...