Do you recommend any books or movies about this city/country for those who are interested in learning more?
Dessine-Moi Un Parisien (or, in English, Stuff Parisians Like), La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life, 60 Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong, A Moveable Feast, Midnight in Paris (film). - Jan 2018
I love David Lebovitz' books and his blog. Time Out Paris (in French and in English) has great information about goings on in Paris. - Aug 2015
My Life in France by Julia Child, Paris to the Moon, French or Foe. - Sep 2010
If you don't "know" the French, read one of those Polly Platt books, Savoir Flair or French or Foe, before coming. You may not "get" the French unless you try... but if you do, you'll be glad. My Life in France by Julia Child, Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick, A Moveable Feast by Hemingway... and many more. - Apr 2009
Peter Mayle is amusing and contains some broad cultural insights, but the non-fiction ideas below are much more highly recommended. - Apr 2009
Lonely Planet guide to Paris, Walking guide to Paris, Frommers. - Jun 2008