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The French character

Posted by Cookatreat - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by 56fr - 3 years ago

pretty normal to me... hard to generalise 56million people....

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Posted by Tryval - 3 years ago

Not to be messed with, in my experience, married to one!

But quite nice really when you get to know their ways.

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Posted by Cookatreat - 3 years ago

I find the French tend to socialise more often as an extended family then with friends , which means occasions like new year ,( with a small Congo between many courses of food)  means a greater variety of age groups . 

The french are generally polite , still calling each other sir/madam and shake hands etc in a way that has become rarer in the uk ,

France also seems to generally divide between two groups - the petty minded  bureaucrats and the bonviveur , and unfortunately it is too often the bureaucrats that often are loudest ! the other half , the artisan and bonviveur is where I see the heart of France , but it seems that underneath the exterior there is self doubt and a lack of confidence ........  

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Posted by andylekker - 3 years ago

i have found the Breton people very welcoming and helpful, friendly but also quite reserved in some ways. I think the stereotype that the french are 'rude' comes from the fact that they dont subscribe to the McCheerfulness of the 'have a nice day' type stuff which is mostly very false anyway.

You do get a few blank gallic looks and shrugs here and there in shops etc but ive learned to find that amusing rather than annoying, and if you stand around and wait and its pretty clear that you arent going anywhere till you've got what you asked for then you usually get it sorted eventually.

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Posted by kervéor - 3 years ago

I said they put up with them NOT that they comply with them !

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Posted by Anonymous - 3 years ago

My experience has been that we expats look for every little rule and reg. to comply with to the letter when a French person will look for a way around it or just ignore it altogether.  Look how many French houses have had "improvements" and extensions, etc. that have never had permission.  The average expat will trudge off to the mairie before pruning a tree.

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Posted by kervéor - 3 years ago

Don't be fooled Anonymous ,there are plenty of petty rules and regulations that small fonctionnaires invent or implement .Think of all the answers on this forum ,all personal experiences and ALL different .The french just shrug their shoulders and put up with them .

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Posted by Anonymous - 3 years ago

I can see some unpleasantness coming in this thread.  Not everyone will have a favourable opinion of the French and that will provoke an argument.  You can't generalise without getting someone's back up.

I quite admire the French because, unlike the Brits, they don't just roll over and accept whatever "the system" throws at them.

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Posted by jackorjason - 3 years ago

Dave Evans - it was a joke

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Posted by Kernana-407546 - 3 years ago

I am currently asking for opinions from friends and acquaintances of mine from the following countries on skype and will  get back to you with a brief synopsis of whatthey said.

US, Canada, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Australia.