French sales of Fifty Shades 'close to a million'

French sales of Fifty Shades 'close to a million'

E L James' bestselling erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is enjoying success in France, with the first book in the series having sold 900,000 print copies and 40,000 e-books since last October, according to its French publisher, J C Lattes.

The sales figures, with half a million copies of the second book already shipped to bookshops in France, were reported in the New York Times.

The US newspaper said Isabelle Laffont, the managing director of J C Lattes, attributing the books' popularity to the fact that they break with the traditional French erotic novel, in which "most of the time it's sex without love and women are submissive to men". Laffont called the books' protagonist a modern heroine.