"There is one thing about..." Parlez vous francais? Tip by BillieJean

Parlez vous francais?, Paris: 100 reviews and 36 photos

There is one thing about etiquette in Paris that I must share with you. Now, this aspect of Parisian life is very endearing and charming. However, if you don't comply with this, people will snub you, and you won't get any service. It's this: whenever you greet somebody, they ALWAYS say 'bonjour' or 'bon soir' or whatever is appropriate for whatever time it is. If you don't respond to this with your own 'bonjour' they will think you are the RUDEST person ever and hate Americans forever. Don't be mean! I mean it's really SO cute the way they do that, and it was such a pleasant surprise to me because in L.A. nobody talks to each other at all, let alone politely. So yes, just smile and greet the Parisian, and you will be friends. :)

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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