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51. Posted by bloomy (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I have not too much experience with the Parisians as I went to Paris only once, but I have been to several places in the rest of France and always met only really nice and friendly people. No one was ever rude because my french wasn´t perfect, on the contrary, they were always very friendly just because you TRIED to communicate in their language. But I think there are rude people all over the world, so you might also find some in Paris;)

52. Posted by Celja (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Quoting bloomy

No one was ever rude because my french wasn´t perfect, on the contrary, they were always very friendly just because you TRIED to communicate in their language.

I´ve had exactly the same experience when I went to Lyon a couple of years ago.

53. Posted by Misty123 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

As a French person having lived in London, I often feel that the French have an unpleasant attitude to each other (not just to tourists). Shop assistants and civil servants often behave in an unhelpful manner and some are plainly rude. For instance, the other day, I went to the bakery to buy a baguette and was received with a .... frown even though I had not uttered a word! What's wrong with them?! Perhaps the answer is that if you are too nice here, people do not respect you, that is the way I see it. Also people are quite aloof and boringly conservative on the whole, compared to other countries. I think this comes from being afraid to be mocked for being ridiculous! All this gets me down, I must say. However, if you get to know the French, they will be nicer. I do not live in Paris but I know people in Paris and especially on the Riviera can be real meanies sometimes!

54. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Let them know if they are the rudest so far - and thank them for helping to make your stay in France complete. ;)

edit: an old thread, but never too late.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Aug-2009, at 11:26 by fabyomama ]

55. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

People are people! I feel that the French are no more/no less rude than any other culture (certainly they don't compare to us self-centered children called Americans (USA)!). Personally, I'd rather spend time with a Frenchman than a German.

56. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Funny how we all see thing differently - but like you said 'people are people'.

I like the Germans. I like their honesty. They just tell you what they think.

57. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

I like the Germans. I like their honesty. They just tell you what they think.

Thanks for not knocking the Germans! When I went to Germany, I met German after German who was the sweetest, kindest, helpfulest person I'm yet to meet. :)

Anyway, we're talking about Parisians and French people in general. There is one experience that I can relate that occurred in a large train station in Paris. My friends and I didn't know that you were supposed to go up the stairs to get to the departing trains, so we wanted to ask someone for directions. So as nicely as I could, I said to a guy walking by, "Excuser moi. Parlez-vous anglais?" The guy looked at me for a second and then chipped out a curt, "No." And breezed away.

The reason why I'm telling this story is because I have heard that this type of thing happens in Paris a lot. He answered in English, even though I spoke to him in (imperfect) French. Perhaps I wasn't polite enough. Perhaps the only English word he really knew was "no." . . ..

Well, whatever the case, this thread has been an interesting one to read! And I can say that I've certainly learned something about the French. Next time I'm in Paris, or anywhere in France, I'll be certain to apply those things.

Steph

58. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting bluewaav

Thanks for not knocking the Germans! When I went to Germany, I met German after German who was the sweetest, kindest, helpfulest person I'm yet to meet. :)...

They're lovely. So easy going and as soft as anything.

edit: It started as 'Paris Syndrome', but there are stories about Japanese tourists being so upset over British rudeness they were taken home by nurses for counseling. Here's a link on the original Parisian story though -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6197921.stm

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2009, at 05:11 by fabyomama ]

59. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

Quoting bluewaav

Thanks for not knocking the Germans! When I went to Germany, I met German after German who was the sweetest, kindest, helpfulest person I'm yet to meet. :)...

They're lovely. So easy going and as soft as anything.

edit: It started as 'Paris Syndrome', but there are also stories about Japanese tourists being so upset over British rudeness they were taken home by nurses for counseling. Here's a link on the original story though -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6197921.stm

I can imagine that they are in shock indeed
It's strange isn't it, why certain people/cultures are more rude than others, especially if the differences culturewise are actually not that difficult.
And also agree with Germans!
France is beautiful, to bad there are French living there

60. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I'll be honest, I've had pretty good treatment in France and everywhere else for the most part - though I was accused of being rude on one occasion - in Germany. I was in the middle of ordering some food and the manageress told me to say please. Trouble was I hadn't finished. So I said please after each single thing and a special thankyou at the end just for her. I was thinking of bowing, but that might have been a bit much by the look on her face and would have probably got me thrown out.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2009, at 05:34 by fabyomama ]

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