I’ve recently purchased this cheap second-hand Gitane as a reserve bike for holidays and for when my usual steed is being repaired. Those of you who are thinking “that’s a girl’s bike” are exposing your own ignorance - it’s actually a French mixte model, with mixte being a French word for ‘unisex’.
The man in the shop reckoned it was made in the “very early 1970s”. It has derailleur gears rather than the more appropriate hub gears, which the shop man explained was due to French chauvinisme; hub gears were made in the UK and the French manufacturer did not want to sully its product with components from la perfide Albion. It has five gears, two more than are strictly necessary but never mind. The swept back handlebars ensure a comfortable upright ride while the old-school dynamo means the bike has permanently available (if inadequate) illumination.
I’ve taken it out for a few spins and it’s extremely comfortable despite some occasional rattling. I can’t help but exude a certain Gallic sang-froid when riding it.