What NOT to do in France: Avoid These Faux Pas in France!

What NOT to do in France: Avoid These Faux Pas in France!


Salut youtube today I wanted to chat
about some of the things that I’ve learned through living in France over
the last five years around the things you do NOT do in France, whether that be you’re visiting or you just moved here or you’re living here I’m talking about
those kinds of social faux pas. Faux pas is of course a French word and it
literally means a false step but we’re talking about those social blunders
those things that kind of violate social norms and the things that are just gonna
make you stand out here you’ll probably notice as we go through the list that I
am speaking from experience in most of these cases the times that I’ve
absolutely embarrassed myself where I wasn’t really sure of the etiquette and
so I’m sharing these hard-earned lessons with you guys so that you don’t make the
same mistakes so with all that said and done let’s move on to the things that
you do not do in France. The first thing that you should not be doing here in
France is speaking too loudly if you’re in a public place if you’re in a
supermarket if you’re standing in a queue if you’re on the metro system in
Paris you definitely should use your inside voices and don’t speak too loudly. The French definitely have quieter more subtle voices and they don’t come
across as very loud and very brash and very overly excited and
enthusiastic and loud when they’re in public places at least I’ve noticed that
the French can be quite adverse to noise in general so you will definitely get
dirty looks if you’re speaking too loudly you’ve got to just group together
stay a bit hush-hush and talk amongst yourselves.You’ll notice if you take the
metro in Paris for example that it’s almost always deadly silent not only
speaking with a super loud voice and saying hi how are you not only is it
disturbing to the French ears I think but it also immediately pinpoints you as
a foreigner and it can you find an easy target for pickpockets.
The next thing that you do not do in France is to ask a French person what
part of Paris they come from because a lot of the French people in Paris are
not from Paris and they’re very proud of the fact that they’re not from Paris
there’s definitely like this national thing between people who live in Paris
the Parsians versus the French people that live outside of Paris as many many
French people tell me Paris is not France if you ask someone who’s here for
the weekend from the Pyrenees and you meet them and you say “oh what part of Paris are you from?!” they’ll be like ah typical ignorant tourists and we do not
want that! The next thing that you do not do in France is not to control your kids
in France the approach to parenting is perhaps a little bit more structured and
disciplined than what we’d be used to in u.s. Australia New Zealand maybe even
the UK and in general as a result you do find that it kids are quite quiet and
well behaved in public I know what you’re thinking kids will be kids but
I’m just warning you that it could come with some pretty dirty looks I’ve been
on the TGV train system a few times here in France and there have been you know
little six-month-old babies playing with keys and obviously when you’re banging
keys on a table and stuff it makes a clanking kind of noise there were
several French people who were giving the parents eyes like this like they
were even woman who was sort of turning around and going shhh and they start sort of
getting quite agitated and they may even huff and puff if you aren’t showing
that you’re in control of your kids and making sure that they’re respecting
their environment around them and keeping the noise levels low you may be
told off or scorned by French people so although we may be used to letting our
kids run free in restaurants because they’re too bored sitting at the table
that’s not really okay here The next social faux pas will come in
handy if you are to eat with the French or be invited around to French home to enjoy a meal just note that you never start eating before
every person at the table has been served and there’s a definite moment
where you can tell where it’s okay to start and usually that’s by the host or
hostess who will kind of pick up their cutlery and say Bon Appetit and they’ll
start making the gesture that it’s okay to start eating and that’s when you can
start eating. On that note, never serve yourself a drink before offering to
serve everyone else at the table The next social faux pas to keep in mind is don’t flaunt your money really not appreciated to flaunt successes and
riches you know the big blingy diamonds talking about how you got a big
promotion and a big raise at work these kinds of things are definitely not
appreciated in the French culture you should never make people around you feel
inferior to you and so showing off your money could potentially be a way to make
other people feel inferior to you or that they have less than you you may not
even realize you’re doing it it may be as simple as talking about your brand
new car and then mentioning the price that you bought it at while that might
be sort of okay for us to talk about money, in France in front it could be seen as
bragging or sort of sending signals about how much wealth you have so just
be careful about that kind of thing. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a
party in France be careful not to show up on time in France you do hear about
this ‘quart d’heure de politesse’ and it basically translates to the polite 15
minutes which means in general you should show up maybe 10 to 15 minutes
late but it completely depends on the people it depends on the region but just
keep in mind that turning up perfectly on time may it be a source of stress or
inconvenience for the host or hostess because they may not be perfectly ready
yet I think in general your plane at safe if you turn that maybe 10 to 15
minutes late and speaking of showing up to parties
don’t show up to parties without bringing something I know that this is
be quite universal but even if the host says no no no don’t worry about it
don’t bring something really sort of insist and a really classic thing to
take just so that you don’t turn up empty-handed a classic is at least a nice fresh baguette from the bakery if you’ve been invited round to dinner for example. The
next social faux pas would be to turn up to any sort of social gathering or
situation whether that be with two people or ten people and not say hello
to everybody and when you leave say goodbye to everybody and yes this can be
a hassle like if you’re in a party with 40 people it can be quite annoying going
around the whole room doing the bise saying Rosie, enchanté, Rosie, enchanté, you
know it is a little bit repetitive but it’s very important and when you say
goodbye ideally it would be nice too if you said goodbye to every person as well.The next thing not to do in France may seem a little bit illogical but don’t be
too friendly so I remember when I arrived in France one of the first
cities that I went to was Montpellier I just did the New Zealand way so I got
onto the tram system with people public transport and I’d smile at people and
say Bonjour and sit right beside them and say Comment Allez-Vous? and once this little old lady actually took her handbag and slightly turned
away from me like please steal my bag and it was in this moment where I
realized this is not normal here and this was in the South of France I mean
it’s even worse in Paris if you’re smiling at people they may get a bit
freaked out they may be a bit skeptical of you like what does this person want
from me and then actually even when you get to know people a little bit more
don’t get too personal too quickly so even though you may be completely
comfortable talking about love, sex, that boss you hate, the fight you and your
partner had the other week that may make some French people feel a little bit
embarrassed that’s a lot you know up front for them
for someone that they don’t know so well so definitely just let them take the
lead in terms of the level of conversation and see where they go with
it because you don’t want to come on too strong too soon. The next one may be
obvious because you are of course in France that sometimes it’s pretty hard
to resist don’t hug French people well at least the ones
that you don’t know very very well I think in France sometimes family members hug sometimes in France of course you’ve got
to do La Bise the cheek kissing because if you hug a French person they’ll
probably feel very uncomfortable like what is happening what is happening that
feels so intimate for them I know for us the thought of kissing is very intimate
and we’re like wow that’s so intimate that you have to kiss strangers but for them
a hug you know it’s full body to body and actually for them that’s a lot more
intimate than the cheek kissing. The next faux pas is when you’re eating out
in a restaurant for example in general I wouldn’t ask for a doggie bag, you’ll find in France that they’re pretty good at serving you the right portion sizes
anyways I have had some French people advise me as well that you shouldn’t
have a soft drink with lots of ice of it with a good meal I would also say just
while we’re on the topic of eating out in France is not really to ask for a lot
of modifications to the meal you may ask to get your eggs benedict with your
hollandaise sauce on the side or you may order a salad and ask for the dressing
to be put on the side so that you’re in control of how much dressing that you
put on in France again this is something that they usually are quite good at and
they usually do get right so there’s not usually any need to ask for these kinds
of modifications to the meal. The next faux pas is not to complain too much
about things that the French have fought really hard for and a concrete example of this is complaining that there’s no shops open on the Sundays for
example so are no shops open on Sundays I don’t know how you guys survive it’s
so inconvenient or the fact that the French only work 35 hours a week you
know France has a long history of fighting for their rights and achieving
extremely high levels of social protection so just be a little bit
careful when you’re making jokes on these kinds of topics because they may
be a little bit sensitive to those. That’s all I had on my list for today
guys I’ve got some awesome French people who are subscribed to my channel so I
hope they’ll help us out down below my mentioning some more things that could
be seen as a bit of a social faux pas but in general of course if you are
coming to France for the first time or thinking of visiting again just
remember that Paris is the number one tourist destination of the world so if
you do make any little faux pas honestly they would have seen it all
before don’t be too worried about it don’t be
stressed about coming I just hope that this might help in a little way so that
you don’t make any of the major ones. That’s all from me for this time guys I
hope you’re having a fantastic week until next time, à bientôt!

100 thoughts on “What NOT to do in France: Avoid These Faux Pas in France!

  1. Salut Youtube! The French culture is rich and amazing but also full of unwritten scoial rules.. If I have missed any major ones, please add them dwn below! 👏🙂A bientôt !

  2. I'm from France… this country is freak out and strange, I left my family to go to US to save the rest of my family, give my money that i won by month, i'm 12th grade (ou 1ère)

  3. Hi. Some little points maybe:
    – Bringing *FOOD* (including a baguette) when you're invited is took as rude ("you think that I won't put enough food on the table, maybe???"). Exception made for close friends, of course. Prefer flowers.
    – Not be friendly in public is specific to big towns. It's exactly the opposite in small ones, or even in some neighborhoods of big towns. But in "tourist traps", you're right, people may even be rudes.
    – Whatever happens: french don't mess with food or food etiquette, globally. We barely support people who consider a dinner has simply putting calories in their body. First thing to learn: how to speak while eating without being late on your meal ! 🙂
    – Not speaking loud? You stayed in north half of France only? 🙂 In the south of France, people are loud… Too loud, in fact… I'm still not used to that despite I lived all my life in South.
    – Kids/money/be punctual: It depends the region you're in. This may not be always true. But globally, you're right.

    One thing you didn't mention: globally, french people are considered as rudes to strangers. That's true, but one EXCELLENT way to avoid this is simply to learn "Bonjour"/"Excusez-moi", "S'il vous plait"/"Merci", "Au revoir". Even with a thick accent, learn this, always break the ice. We're (too) proud of our language, and don't like that strangers think that everyone will speak their own here… Showing that you learned at least basic greetings in French will make people way, WAY more friendly and helpful to you.

  4. I'm many years a native in USA, love my country but I feel more French after watching this because I agree with hating all the obnoxious habits these tourist have. And I cannot stand this behavior in the US either. And the other tips are very interesting. Respect negates a lot of ignorance. And nothing worse than a spoiled whiner. I could definitely hang with the French knowing these things. Pas de problème. Cool

  5. "Allah me suffit, il n'y a de divinité que Lui, c'est en Lui que je place ma confiance et Il est le Seigneur du Trône immense. [sept fois]"

  6. You nailed it very right dear! But drop the baguette thing😊 actually a bottle of wine or/and flowers are the standart flowers should be presented by the female guest to the house mistresse and wine by the male guest to the man of the house I know it's sexist but that's our way✌in case you are not good at choosing wine bring champagne and Not sparkling wine it's very cheap and vulgar (btw it's the way we flaunt our money somehow buy expensive things as a gift and never ever say the price) as a woman in a restaurant never try to check the bill leave that to your companion never talk to the waiter ask your companion to do it for you . As for the noiseless bit you are so right ! The only sad thing is to meet French people abroad and realise that they have left all their good manners at home! I have been living for a long time abroad and at time when I'm around french tourist I carefully keep my mouth shut ……. well not all of them but sadly a lot! Anyway thanks for being so considerate I'm sure you are being loved by my fellow people. Enjoy your time in our beautiful country!

  7. Do French people have the same dietary annoyances… I mean, restrictions, as Americans (such as gluten free, vegan, etc.)?

  8. Contrairement a ce que beaucoup de français disent dans les commentaire j'ai souvent amenée une baguette chez des gens, par contre c'est TOUJOURS convenu avec mon hôte, et c'est des amis assez proche, une manière de partager les frais quand est beaucoup à table. Ne pas pas faire chez les inconnu ou en soirée

  9. Le quart d'heure de politesse ? C'est quoi cette invention ? XD par politesse tu arrives à l'heure ou en avance pas en retard

  10. But you forgot the most important one! Never, under any circumstance, ignite the fires of revolution in the streets of Paris! Please do not scream "VIVA LA REVOLUCION!" You may be bodied by nearby police officers.

  11. I want to move into the France so much xC I love everything about France, food, culture, history, language.. Everything.. I'm so jealous because France have everything I wanted in my life.. Just the fact that I am not french guy makes me… idk sad? Because I can't be part of that amaizing country.. I can't imagine how it must feel like being a native French… omfg souds like heaven to me. But that's something i'll never ever expirience, and it makes me desperate.. I mean, is it normal experiencing stres just because of being not french?? xD
    I would sacrifice anything to be part of this country. it's like paradise.
    I feel like I don't belong into this society.. I mean I don't like my country, I'm in love with France but… can't be part of it..

  12. Merci beaucoup d’avoir créé cette excellente vidéo. Des rappels concernant des différences entre la culture anglo-saxonne et la leur est extrêmement important. J’apprécie chaque mot et suggestion que vous m’avez offerts. Comme je pense visiter la France bientôt, j’ai trouvé ces astuces vraiment nécessaires à connaître. Voir des « Ugly Américains » en France me font avoir honte d'être Américain.

  13. Tout cela est vrai. Attention, si vous êtes invité, amenez plutôt une bouteille de vin, pas du pain, vote hôte s'en sera occupé.Ou choisissez une douceur sucrée.
    Attention,selon les régions, certaines normes peuvent être différentes.
    1/Quand vous ne connaissez pas, dites "vous" et tendez la main pour dire bonjour. La bise n'est obligatoire qu'avec les gens que vous connaissez un minimum ou si on vous le propose quand vous tendez la main.
    2/Ne soyez pas exubérant. Jamais.
    3/Ne soyez pas tactile sans invitation.
    Enjoy…

  14. Par politesse on sert l'invité en premier, mais par respect je le sers en dernier, comme ça, lorsque tout le monde commence à manger, il a l'assiette la moins refroidie 😉
    Et en plus il aura bavé moins longtemps que les autres devant son assiette XD

  15. I'am French and I runaway my country…
    I think 🤔 we have a strong and good culture for all pleasure in life but… A peopla are very selfish and close… A people a very cold
    And they don't give trust easy… We need time ⌚ long time aha
    Thank for your video and good luck

  16. I can confirm those are really good advices. Especially the hug one ;-). I do hug some of my best friends (but they are not french usually) if I haven't seen them for a long time. But that's it. It's weird. I don't always say goodbye to everybody if there's a lot of people, but that's just my introvert thing. Normal people do say goodbye to everybody. And please don't bring any bread if you're invited somewhere. It looks cheap. Take some beers or a bottle of wine instead.

  17. Salut ! Hola Thank You , Muchas Gracias .i was wondering , i thought u where french and u even look french , just wondering

  18. If you are an American and they ask, don't tell the French that you voted for Trump.  They will be shocked.  They can't believe that any one would vote for Trump.

  19. U forgot to say dont cut a baget with a knife cuz it's rud here in France cut it with ur hand and now I know why I fell uncomfortably when im huging and also ALLER LES BLUE

  20. Emmener une baguette de pain??? Jamais vu ça ni entendu parler de ça, t apporte du vin, un dessert, des fleurs, bref…

  21. No. 1… Do not live in France……. Muslims everywhere and so many no go zones you can't even walk with your wife let alone let her walk alone…even during the daytime..!!!

  22. thank you for this video ! everything is pretty true. But as a french (parisien) woman, let me complete your points with my own point of biew 🙂
    – indeed, we don't appreciate when people speak to load… particulary in the metro (or in restaurant). speak loadly is irrespectful. We think that your conversation have to be personal, we dont want to be a part of it (it you know what i mean 🙂 )
    – in Paris a lot of people are here just to word (like me for exemple, i live 75km away from paris) and during the holiday, some french people are here to visit too. So, yes, we're not all parisians 🙂
    – you have to controle your kids!!! i'm a mother and i don't want my kids being noisy in the transport or in public. But i let them talk and laught (thank god!!) and i yell at people who tell me to stop them !
    – That's no really true. you can serve you (a drink or meal) first, but after that, you have to ask if someone want it to 🙂

    – that's true…
    – it depend… i really appreciate when my guests arrive on time…. not too early, not too late. Like said my grandma "avant l'heure, c'est pas l'heure, après l'heure, c'est plus l'heure (befare the hour, it'n not time, after the hour, it's not time anymore)! 🙂
    – you can indeed bring a cake (dessert) or a bottle of wine, or beer, except if your host(ess) ask you to bring bread 🙂 but you have to remember that you are not french so you can't know every local rules. So if you come with a baguette, at worse, it will be a funny story 🙂 so dont worry 🙂 we are not cold monsters 😉
    – you can say "hello everybody" if there is a lot of people you know. If you don't know people, you have to introduce yourself one by one with "la bise" or shaking hand. But at the end of the dinner or the party, you car say "bye everybody, it was nice to meet you all" with a sign of your hand but only if there are a lot of people. if not, you have to kiss or shake hands again !! 🙂
    – Frenchies are not very friendly with strangers (french or not). we're friendly with our friends, family and kids…. sometime with colleague but not all of them !
    for the hug too. it's an intimate thing. some frenchies don't hug there parents,…. it very special here.
    – at the restaurante you can ask a doggy bag, sauce on the side, with salad instead of french fries…. you can have a "yes" or a "no" but you can ask (and you have to ask if you want to enjoy your meal). but indeed it's not write on the menu. you have to ask by yourself 🙂
    – and finally you can complain !!!! freche people ARE complainer!!! it's in our veins :p some people complain about complainers!!! so complains is VERY FRENCHY !!! 🙂 (you just have to be ready to ear french complained about you complaining 🙂

    I add a last thing : French people don't not try very hard to speak other language ! if you dont understand them, it's your fault, not theres. That's why i try to right it in english ….. to prove you that every frenchie are unique and there is not ONE book of french rules !! Be yourself, enjoy your trip and keep this in your mind : in France like in all countries, there is cool people and the others. So be in the cool part ^^

  23. Nice advices 😉 For me you can smile to me in the tube, that's ok 😉 I will smile back and say hello.

  24. A la place du pain je conseillerais plutôt d’amener une bonne bouteille de vin ,une tome de Savoie ou des fleurs

  25. Si on est invité à un repas il vaut mieux proposer d'apporter le dessert et d'acheter un gâteau dans une vrai pâtisserie. Si non bouteille de vin. Pour l'étreinte si on à de l'amitié pour une personne ça ne pose pas de problèmes. Merci pour ta vidéo

  26. et oui les francais sont des gros coincés! et il y a beaucoup de progrès a faire ! perso j'ai habité paris pour le travail quand j'étais jeune maintenant je suis en auvergne dans un village de 300 ames et je serai ravie que tu me ramenes une baguette ! comparé a tout le monde qui dit non pas la baguette ! apres oui surtout a paris le fait de dire " bonjour comment ca va" oui j'aurais trouvé ca louche ! mais maintenant que j'habite un petit village c'est normal de dire bonjour et de tapper la causette le matin avec les voisins qui ouvrent leurs volets….apres les 35h c'est pour ceux qui ont fait des etudes perso je bossais 14h par jour et c'est une moyenne apres je suis passer a une moyenne de 10h dans un autre boulot pis j'ai fais des etudes et la maintenant ca va

  27. Concerning the moment you can start eating, it is not as strict as you say. Often, hosts say that guest can start before the dish is cold. A strange rule say that we can eat after four persons being served.

  28. I'm living in Canada for 15 years now and I still cannot stand the way people just SHOUT to each others everywhere. I't s so loud, you cannot have a conversation in public place without shouting to each others in restaurants, it's exausting. Once I lost my voice after a meal… had to shout INTO the ear of my companion so he could hear me….

  29. Bravo pour cette vidéo. Je vois que nous avons été analysés très attentivement 😂 Il est vrai que cette vidéo cible très bien notre mentalité en France et les choses qui ne sont pas forcément bien vues. Bravo pour ce beau travail qui aura sûrement amusé pas mal de français et ceux qui nous découvrent 😁

  30. I am French and first we eat that we are served and we go to a party on time we brought no wand the subject sex and love is not a taboo subject depends on who you speak with

  31. "faux pas" means : wrong step,not false,as in right or wrong decision; you can also translate with :"oops" (i did it again);

  32. Non n’apportez pas une baguette de pain si vous êtes invités à manger ce serait mal vu. Apportez des fleurs ou un gâteau c’est mieux .

  33. Existe uma frustração muito grande por terem perdido importância nos séculos XIX e XX para a Inglaterra e terem sido invadidos pela Alemanha durante a 2a Guerra Mundial. Isso criou uma cultura xenofóbica em certa medida.

  34. Once I was in a supermarket (in Germany) and I heard a French family talking even if I they were far away. But I was actually just happy about that because I love hearing French. 🙂

  35. OK I'm French but there're no many English comments here so I hope I will not do many mistakes (?) Well what you say it's true but about hug or friendly it's not… I mean if the person in front of you is friendly too you can, it will be not bad for others and for the money… Yeah, 😂 yeah that's right but it's because there're many social class in France (It's more than bad😂 I don't have the word sorry) and people take care about that… Sorry for the looooong comment😂 but I want to say that and one more time, sorry for mistakes.

  36. Pour précision, apporter quelque chose quand tu es invitée chez quelqu'un est contraire aux bonnes manières françaises. Cela signifie que ton hôte n'est pas capable d'accueillir correctement ses invités et/ou qu'ils risquent de manquer de quelque chose… Cela se fait entre amis pour partager les frais ou parce que ton hôte n'a pas eu le temps.

  37. Je ne suis pas complètement d'accord sur le fait de dire "bonjour" et "au revoir" à chaque personne si l'on est à une fête de 40 personnes! En général, il me semble qu'on dit "bonjour" au fur et à mesure et uniquement aux personnes que l'on connaît et leurs amis qui sont avec elles. Ensuite pour dire "au revoir", beaucoup se se contentent d'un "Salut tout le monde" avec un geste de la main pour prendre congé et de la bise aux amis les plus proches et bien entendu, à la personne qui organise la fête! Si toutes les personnes sont de bons amis à qui vous êtes sûr(e) de faire la bise, alors je vous conseille d'arriver tôt quand il n'y a pas encore trop de personnes à saluer ^_^

  38. mdr devinez qui est française et qui fait rien de sa moi je fais la bise à 2 personne je saute sur les gens dans la rue j’éclate de rire dans les endroits publics et tout mdr je parle fort je parle des sous mdr on est pas tous pareil

  39. I feel like I understand the French … I agree with all of these manners. I wish I wasn’t born American

  40. Pour la baguette ça peut être mignon et on se doutera que l'intention était bienveillante, mais ton hôte aura sûrement prévu du pain, tu n'as pas à t'inquiéter de ça en France.
    Surtout que le pain doit se manger assez vite et il y'en aura peut-être déjà trop, au final ton hôte risque de s'en encombrer.
    Le mieux reste d'amener un produit spécial à goûter, pour l'apéritif ou autre, mais le mieux reste la bouteille de vin.
    Vous ne la boirez sûrement même pas le soir même, ton hôte la gardera et il l'ouvrira lorsque tu seras de nouveau invité chez lui, une sorte de petit clin d'oeil pour montrer qu'il a retenu cette marque de gentillesse de ta part.

  41. I agree that practically shouting at people when you meet them is crass and fake. A lot of the United States is way too loud for me.

  42. I think talking about how much money you make is really rude. I also think that asking people how much rent they pay is rude. I'm a writer. Upon finding that out people have asked me, — "Oh, how much money do you make doing that?" I feel like asking them, — "What do you do?"… "I'm a nurse."… "Oh, how much money do you make doing that???" :O

  43. Bringing a baguette at meals would be very bizarre and taken as a joke.Would you bring a loaf of bread to your friends?lol.You ve obviously not been living in France for long enough to say such idiotic things about French habits… Lol

  44. What is strange is that I am a Tunisian who lived in France for a very long time and all these things seem pretty obvious to me…
    I guess I have really become french…

  45. Coucou, je viens de Montpellier, j'ai adoré ta vidéo ! Je trouve que c'est très réaliste en général. Les français adorent aussi relever les détails, je le vois dans les commentaires de ta vidéo. Bien-sûr tous ces points sont GÉNÉRAL et pas tout le monde est comme ça. J'adore observer les différents points de vues, les différences de cultures et savoir comment les étrangers voient les français.
    C'est fou , parce qu'il y a des choses que tu dis qui me semble tellement évidente, par exemple au restaurant, ne pas manger avant que tout le monde ait eu son plat ou demander aux autres avant de se servir de l'eau Hahaha ou tout simplement dire bonjour… Et c'est vrai que dans les transports en commun, si quelqu'un me parle je vais directement me méfier et me demander ce qu'il me veut.. :p.
    Bref j'ai adoré ta vidéo , et ça me permet d'être moins ignorante. J'adore ton ouverture d'esprit ❤

  46. Stop avec la baguette de pain ÇA VA , genre elle a dit d'autres choses dans sa vidéo. Ahhh les français adorent se plaindre et relever le négatif

  47. Je pensait vraiment que tout ça était normal, que c'était répondu dans ton les pays mais apparament non ! Ça fait bizarre de voir qqn parler de choses qui sont pour nous justes normales !

  48. Merci beaucoup! This helped alot I am a young girl wanting to live in London since I've seen that the harry potter shop is there at platform 9 and 3/4 and would like to visit France often. I am currently learning french and it's going very well.

  49. I'm from France (not from Paris haha ;)) and I just realized how common things for us which we haven't even realize can be really awkward for others haha. For the subway talking for example, for me it's totally normal bc if everyone start speaking loud, it's going to be the mess. Some people can be at the phone or not feeling really well (headache or just tired) so I dont want to impose myself to others 😛 And yeah the full body contact, too much for us 🙈
    This video teaches me a lot about how it can be confusing for others, thanks 😀

  50. To be honest, nearly all of those things are pretty obvious to me and I'm not even french but austrian. Could it be that those are EUROPEAN things rather than just french?

  51. I strongly agree – especially about being loud in public! Keep conversations (including laughter) in public strictly amongst yourself and your party. People will feel very disrespected and offended if you’re too loud in public. This was literally the first thing I expected her to say, and I was right.

  52. So accurate about the restaurant portions and many other things. This isn’t even just France, but Europe in general. They don’t do overwhelming portion sizes like they do in the US. They serve manageable portions that are meant to be finished at the restaurant. That’s one thing I love about Europe because I don’t feel like I’m wasting money.

  53. pour le coup je me reconnais complètement dans la description du français et en plus j ai envie de dire tout me parait tellement normal !!!

  54. If you want to know , in France you can be friendly , some peoples like that ! But if yo sit next to someone don't stick on him

  55. Bonjour 🙂 bravo, et c’est assez exhaustifs sur ce les faux pas 🙂 je comprends la probematique car je suis parti vivre dans un autre pays 🙂 continué comme ca 🙂

  56. Theres one thing here that is wrong :

    do NOT bring a baguette when you're invited to eat at someone's house,
    Pretty much everyone has one and your host will probably buy one if he invite you to dinner anyway.

    Instead, you could bring wine, flowers or (i don't remember how these are called in english) pattisseries.

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