pain de campagne - baking bread

I've tried my hands on focaccia before. Never on real bread. The focaccia never worked out too great, so I'm doubting why I think a real Frenchy loaf type of bread would be a success. But I desperately want to be able to bake a proper bread which I can serve guest with cheeses, real nice butter and other dips. Because you can put love in bread, it's one of the core ingredients. Maybe the most important one. So rather than some random love from the local baker (or is that from a bigger bakery company manufacturer type of thing?), I would like to serve guests some love in this appropriate way.

This recipe is from Kitchen Secrets by Raymond Blanc. And the recipe worked!