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31. Posted by J-wal (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

When I was in Paris, I just said the basics in French and I was very surprised how nice everyone was. I think I met more rude people in London. The drivers in Paris, however, are a different story. Crossing the street sometimes was a task in itself. I would also never say I am Canadian.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 18, 2006 6:30 PM by J-wal ]

32. Posted by heidi16 (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

i dont think they are rude. but i do have some experience to share.

i couldnt speak even a word of french. so, what i did was.. be nice when you are asking. but do not ask the elder people. they would never help, it's not they are rude, but i think because they cant speak english. so, go and ask the young people, you will be suprised how friendly they are.

even if they are not fluent in english, they will try their best to help.

there was one time, i got so worried about going to Beauvis Airport at 4.30am and worried sick about getting a taxi at odd hours. i just went to the pub (hoping for the best)and tell them abt my problem. they were so nice, and even booked me a taxi.

or maybe, it was purely my luck who happened to bump into nice people in Paris.

i wouldnt mind going there again. :)

33. Posted by foxfire (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I'm a veteran business traveler and put a premium on comfort and convenience. France can be a difficult country to negotiate and flying into CDG (probably the very worst airport in a modern country) tends to put one immediately on edge. My experience has been that the French are somewhat unfriendly toward US visitors, especially in Paris. It certainly helps to speak some of the language and I have observed Americans being extremely rude and demanding in some French restaurants. My best experiences in France have been in Normandy. They still remember WWII and it shows in their attitude toward American visitors.

34. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y

If you speak to them in fluent English , they replied in French.
However , if you speak to them in broken English , they replied you in fluent English.
So pick a choice :)

35. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 10y

It varies from region to region. I had some attitude problem in Paris and Marseille. In general, I would say that the Parisiennes are short and rude to just about everyone. I have French friends who absolutely hate Parisiennes. I think it has more to do with living in such a dense population. People get stressed out, short-tempered, etc. (Just like in Southern Cal, people drive like freaks on the highway.) But that's not to say they aren't helpful when approached in the right way. The French always like it if you attempt to speak their language. A few words is all you need to break the nice.

36. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Did you really only find the women in Paris rude...? I actually found everyone quite helpful once you broke their bubble.

BTW, love your name, Dezafinado! It's put the Girl from Ipanema in my head again...

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 15, 2006 6:27 PM by tway ]

37. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 10y

Quoting Zoom

Another thing is they don't hate Americans at all, they just REALLY hate Bush. If they know you hate Bush they'll probably buy you dinner and talk politics for hours - they're very well informed. BTW, my French is HORRIBLE so I almost always speak English BUT....MANNERS first. Think 50's America.........

Well there's an idea. I'm gonna get a shirt printed and wear it when I'm in France "I didn't vote for Bush!"

38. Posted by steve_ooo (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

maybe its just a big city thing. in general people in spain think that the people from madrid are unfriendly and/or those from barcelona. in my experience, its like whats been said before. you can get rude people everywhere and people who will go out of their way to help you out. when we were in paris some people did seem a bit standoff-ish but that attitude you can find anywhere as well. difficult to make rash generalisations. like saying all scotsman where kilts etc etc.

39. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Did you really only find the women in Paris rude...? I actually found everyone quite helpful once you broke their bubble.

BTW, love your name, Dezafinado! It's put the Girl from Ipanema in my head again...

Thanks! It was a girl from Nice who introduced me to Desafinado and the Girl from Ipanema.

40. Posted by NickyLee (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

We've just got back from a week in Paris. It's a mixed bag, and we didn't get off to the best start. We'd been up travelling from 5:30am, then the plane to Paris was delayed and our hotel would only keep the room until 11pm and we got off the flight at 10:30pm so we hopped in the first taxi. . . .not asking a price. The bloke drove us past our Kyriad Hotel, I tried to talk to him but he seemed to have lost his grasp of the good english he had when he approached us off the flight. He drove us around for a bit, then took us to our hotel <2km from airport, Charles de Gaul> and proudly announced that it would be 72Euros for the joy of his company. Long Day of travel, I just paid the git, 50 pounds out of pocket and an upset fiancee. The rest of the holiday was good, came across more ill-mannered and excuse me French cocks, no pun intended. We met loads of helpful ones, even found a pub that embraced us on entry after the first visit, might have been down to the amount we spent when the locals were outside making a tiny cup of coffee last longer than three hours. So if you're ever staying in Porte de Orleon pop into L'Oliviers about 30seconds down from where you get off the subway.


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