It's that time of year again, but how to get through the festive season without committing a major faux pas?
Remembering the details of French social etiquette can be hard enough as it is, but all the Christmas dinners and parties really put the pressure on.
To make sure you avoid major festive slip ups, we've gathered a range of tips that should help you navigate the Christmas season successfully.
Whether it's what to bring or indeed what not to bring, or how to act around your French hosts or respecting centuries-old superstitions about polka dot dresses and knives, these tips should keep you in line, for the most part.
The Local bears no legal responsibility if you do make a massive festive faux pas. But we'd love to hear about it.
by Simone Flückiger