1.GETTING ALONG WITH THE FRENCH
Despite their reputation, the French are actually friendly and helpful. The key is to understand the simple cultural differences that can lead some to perceive the French as rude. If you go to Paris without learning anything at all about French customs and social behaviours then you will tend to behave in a way that the French perceive as extremely rude and they will reflect that rudeness back, while you have no idea where’s it’s coming from.
The biggest piece of advice we can give is to try to speak French. Speaking English to a Frenchman right off the bat in the assumption that English is spoken by everyone is seen as rude and inconsiderate. Always attempt to speak at least a little token French. ‘Bonjour! Parlez-vous Anglais?’ simply means ‘Hello, do you speak English?’ – this makes a huge difference. You will find the French will suddenly speak fluent English if you show a token effort.
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