London, Oct 20 (ANI): Just two days after the French translation of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' was released, the erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has become the fastest selling book in the country's publishing history.
The astonishing sales figures - of around 75,000 every day - come after the book was panned by French critics as "crass pseudo-porn" that reads like a Mills and Boon novel.
One high-brow reviewer even wrote: "It's as close to literature as Whiskas cat food is to gastronomy."
But despite the torrent of critical abuse, the "mummy porn" bestseller by E.L James has now overtaken the 'Harry Potter' novels as France's favorite book, the Daily Mail reported.
French high street giant FNAC said copies of the novel had been "flying of the shelves."
A spokesman for FNAC, which accounts for around a fifth of all book sales in France, said: "It is amazingly popular. We have never stocked a book that has sold so fast."
"We sold 15,000 copies on the day it was released. In some shops there were just none left," he said. (ANI)