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Travel etiquette France: 8 rules of etiquette

Oh, France - wonderful home of crispy baguettes, delicious pies and exquisite wines. France is about enjoying the finer things in life, so it's no surprise that many of the cultural rules of etiquette are related to food. To adapt seamlessly to the French and to become a real hit with every Parisian Soirées We have put together a little etiquette guide for France for you here.


Never open your own glass. Always wait for someone to do it for you. If it's been 30 minutes and you're staring longingly at the wine bottle on the table, ask the person sitting next to you if they'd like anything else. If he says yes, you've won: You can pour your neighbors first and then yourself. Top tip: Never pour your glass full - since moderation is the key word for the French.

Always round up when you tip. The service is already included in the total, but customers never actually ask for the exact change. And if the service was really good (a very likely situation, despite the frequent misrepresentations), you can always tip a little more.


Buyalways two baguettes, never one. Baguettes are a basic part of French cuisine. Breakfast? Baguette with salted butter and jam. Having lunch? A salad with a baguette. Dinner? A warm cream soup with baguette. So if you go to the bakery to buy freshly baked baguette, you can get two at the same time.

Never cut the baguettes with a knife. Don't even think about cutting it in half properly. Place them on a pretty blanket or on the table in their original packaging and let each one break off a piece at will.


Keep both hands on the table. While in some countries it is customary to keep one hand in your lap, the French will not be pleased with this behavior. Your hands should always be visible, but your elbows shouldn't - so don't use them to support yourself on the table.

Doe no slurping noises. No matter how much you like yours Bouillabaisse or Enjoy soupe à l’oignon, it will be interpreted as a bad habit for you to eat your soup with enthusiastic smacking.


Never cut your lettuce. Instead of shredding the greens, fold the lettuce pieces into small bundles with your cutlery and then eat them. Voilà!

Cut the cheese with a special knife. Each type of cheese has its own knife - hard cheese usually requires a serrated knife, while soft cheese is cut with a soft, blunt blade. And to make things even more complicated, each cheese has to be cut in a specific way - but we'll save that for a later post.


Let da sports gear at home. Basketball shorts and shirts are only worn on the sports field - not on the street. Pajamas are also frowned upon, you can't just shop for groceries in your velvet suit and hope that nobody notices. Because they will.

But don't overdo it either. Of course, you don't want to get any looks for overdoing it. If you really want to be as elegant as the French, the key to success is: make an effort without trying too hard. Just combine unkempt hair (or a shaggy ponytail) with red lips, or a great dress with sneakers.


Don't get in too much: Kissing someone may feel weird when you're used to polite handshakes and back pounding. Give your friends a try and air kisses on both cheeks while you pout a little and make kissing noises. To make it even more exciting, the number of kisses varies depending on the region.

Greet each person individually. When you meet up with friends, say hello to each one individually or just expand it to a collective hello. Not fussy "Bise" to distribute! The same ritual occurs when you leave. You can't just sneak away, your friends will notice and later blame you.


Use ‘vous’ for yourselfknew people. When in doubt, always stick to the polite vous ’. That saves you from unpleasant looks and offended answers. It is not uncommon for two people to move seamlessly from ‘vous’ to tu ’- in the middle of a conversation, when they feel familiar with each other.

Don't show too much emotion. In France it is very important to be discreet and bladder to stay even if you want to cheer with joy. Practice your poker face and subtle shrugs. Share your joy or frustration, but don't make it uncomfortable for your audience by being too open-hearted.


Never drink until everyone has had something. Just like eating, drinking has its own rules of etiquette at the French table. Make sure everyone has a full glass and you've toasted yourselves before you take your first sip. Sharing a meal is a social event so don't start solo!

Drink slowly. The French don't eat to satisfy their hunger, and the same goes for drinking. They take small bits or sips. Don't just pour your wine down. It's about enjoying the meal and having conversations.