Ten French customs that confuse Anglos

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The Local - [email protected] • 22 Sep, 2014 Updated Mon 22 Sep 2014 10:12 CEST
Ten French customs that confuse Anglos

What may seem like normal behaviour in your home country doesn't always apply to French culture. Whether you’re at the supermarket checkout or the raising your glass at a dinner party, here are ten common customs to watch out for in France.


You're lost in the backstreets of Paris and approach a police officer for directions. 

But despite your friendly smile and apologetic “excusez-moi” your request is greeted by a glare and a light scolding.

While it may not seem obvious to the average English speaker, the word “bonjour” is vital when striking up a polite conversation in France.

So if you want to avoid causing offence or embarrassment then take note of these ten French customs that can often confuse Anglos.

Can you think of any more customs that have caught you unawares in France? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

Ten French customs that confuse Anglos


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