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.