The view from La Rue: Are Parisians really that rude to tourists?
Almost a year ago it seemed like stories of rude Parisian waiters or grumpy shopkeepers would soon be a thing of the past. Last June, as part of a new campaign, Paris tourism chiefs published a training manual aimed at teaching Parisians who come into contact with tourists how to offer them a warmer welcome. This week The Local's Anna-Sarah Eriksson took to the streets to speak to tourists to find out whether they had noticed any difference in the welcome they had been given and indeed whether the reputation of Parisians being impolite and cold towards tourists was more myth than reality.
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"The stereotype of Parisians being rude to tourists is partially true. But if you respect the locals, try to speak French to them and also tell them an interesting story, preferably about France they will be very nice. But normally they do not even care about the tourists. They are doing their own thing. I do not think that the tourists and the Parisians communicate so much with each other," says Snezhana Kucherera from the Czech Republic. Photo: Snezhana Kucherera and Ekaterina Gzekova
Photo: Anna-Sarah Eriksson