CULTURE

 
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MEETING/GREETING:

A handshake is used when:

  • Meeting

  • Meeting someone for the first time

  • For business

  • Arriving to and departing from work 

A kiss on the cheek is used when:

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  • Colleagues know each other well

  • Between friends friends and family (2 in Paris, and up to 4 in other parts of France!)


ETIQUETTE

  • French etiquette is more formal among close acquaintances and younger people


THE “RUDE” FACTOR

  • Culture is not built around extrovertism--Parisians are more reserved, and they are drawn to politeness. 

  • This reservation is what non-Parisians typically perceive as “rude”!