France culture: customs and habits in France

 

France is a great place to be. Apart from the beautiful language which you wouldn’t want them to stop once they start, there is also cool stuff like the Eiffel tower, or slightly know places like the biggest dune of Europe (Dune du Pyla), stunning nature like the canyons du Verdon, magnifiscent constructions like the highest bridge of the world (pont du Millau), and of course their public squares and cafes, and their habits and customs. For someone visiting France for the first time, this information might help you as to how to properly relate to the people.

The baguette, the local French bread

 
 

 

The French love their baguette or French bread more than anything, and they don’t hide it. It is common for you to see them carrying it home in the evening, and this bread makes an important part of the meal on a family table. Yes, they serve it on the table. Also, French people don’t bite off the bread in whole, they cut a piece from the bread and eat it, until it’s done. At diner they make use of a piece of bread to clean their plates and just enjoy the last taste of a superb French meal.

Politics at the dinner table, what are the customs?

 
 

 

This is quite understandable as the spirit of the revolution that brought in modern democracy still lingers here. In other parts of the world, discussing politics at the dinner table might be considered rude, not in France. These men and women would start their political conversation right there and they’re not shy about it.

Helping Complete Stranger

 
 

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The French are just in a world of their own and that makes this lovely place more interesting to be. When it comes to helping strangers, the French are highly rated. It’s common for you to see a French man or woman helping a blind or disabled person cross the road. If you’re trying to board a bus or train and you’re out of change, it’s common for you to see people pay for your ticket. Also, it’s common for a man to help a woman he doesn’t know and who’s about getting out of a café, get her coat and open the door for her. In other places, this might be interpreted as flirting but the French do know how to treat their women with respect.

Kissing as greeting

 
 

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The French greet each other by kissing in both cheeks. You’ll find everyone doing it, especially the older generation. The greeting is common between women to women, men to men, and women to men. This custom is well-rooted in their culture and it forms part of their daily life. There are variations in the number of kisses given. Four is the standard in the North and three in then South, but most people stick to the international standard of two kisses at big events. Children are also given kisses. However, such greeting is now allowed on the railway as it is illegal to smooch in French railways. How fascinating.

Customs and habits: the thing with pharmacies

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In other parts of the world, you couldn’t get medicine at the pharmacy without the doctor’s prescription, not here. In France, you can get some medicines without ever first seeing a doctor and every village has a hairdresser, a butcher, and a pharmacy.

Customs and habits of places around the world make them interesting, especially when they are different from what you practice back at home. The French are a people who have customs they practice in their everyday life and they are proud of it.

 

 

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