Join us as we explore 4 key cultural differences between France and the UK, with a focus on the bidet.
When it comes to French fashion in the capital, there's a certain 'je ne sais quoi'. French people have mastered the art of nonchalance with these trends.
Expats hold a unique place in French society – almost a place of limbo. Though they are not immigrants who are applying for French citizenship, and they are not entirely removed from certain citizen’s obligations.
“Here, a tobacconist is likely to be subjected to checks once a century,” says Didier Migaud, President of the State Auditor, Cour des comptes. Migaud also laments that government subsidies of tabacs (tobacconists) far outweigh its funding of prevention measures.
It is impossible to imagine the City of Lights without its Eiffel Tower but few are aware how very close it came to not being there today.
It’s a phrase that stops a nation, or more so, a young girl at the ripe age of 16 on her first trip to France. This common French expression would continue to stump me for years to come. So let’s identify and explore quand même on the dissecting table...in context.
I was reminded of how French women eat while dining at a restaurant with an American friend recently. Halfway through our meal he noticed that as each course arrived I would methodically divide up the food and set aside a third.
Elle s’étonne toujours, Bécassine, débarquée de sa Bretagne natale : elle s’étonne, car elle voit en les habitants de cette ville des extra-terrestres.
The number of unmarried couples in France has quadrupled in the last two decades and the trend is moving in the same direction in Australia. The decline in marriage interest is mirrored in the French political arena.
If hugging is a common greeting in the United States among friends and family, French people almost never hug. When I arrived for the first time in the US, it was so awkward to me that it actually took me about six years to feel comfortable enough to truly hug my friends.