Ten dos and don'ts for keeping your French in-laws happy
Meeting your French in-laws is a big step in the relationship with your partner, but it doesn’t have to be a traumatic one, writes Géraldine Lepère, the French lifestyle expert behind the blog Comme une Française. You might be scared because you don’t speak French very well and have heard tales of ferocious French in-laws eating snails and arguing loudly about politics. This may be a bit of an exaggeration. Don’t freak out.
Don’t say hello to your in-laws with a hug: French people are afraid of hugs. Your entire bodies touch and it’s too intimate for us. So don’t be shocked if your in-laws are unsettled by your hug and freeze. That’s normal. Only couples or children hug. We don’t even have a word for “hug”. “Câlin” is close but it has a sexual meaning too.