Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians
Parisians get a bad name for their supposed unfriendly treatment towards tourists, but what if us visitors are partly to blame for the famed surly welcome from the locals? We've asked readers - whether tourists, expats or Parisians alike - to list some of the things the 30 million tourists who come to Paris each year do that can rub some of the locals up the wrong way. Here are the top 12 complaints they came up with.
Thinking no one speaks English: Sure this works both ways but one complaint we hear is from locals, who have had to put with Anglo tourists bad-mouthing their country or capital city in English, mistakenly thinking that no one around them will speak English. The French may not be as accomplished English speakers as the Scandinavians, but visitors should be careful what they say, at least when they’re out in public.