French Culture: Person-To-Person Customs

Canoemen shaking hands, by Childs, B. F. cleaned

Canoemen shaking hands, by Childs, B. F. cleaned (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“As with any culture there are customs and ways of behaving that are unique to France. Good food is important, the family is important, and there are ways to behave and comport yourself. For example, during my time with my French girlfriend\’s family I was told that on being introduced to a woman, I must not extend my hand in expectation of shaking hands; it was for the woman to decide whether she wanted to shake hands. If she did, she would reach out, I would take her hand and say \’Enchanté.\’ I\’m told that this is now not the case, but, for me, old habits die hard…and I guess this is a very old habit these days.”

via Culture: Some cultural differences.

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