The French are “different.” You’ll often hear this in conversations among the “Anglo-Saxons,” as the French like to call English-speakers. “Different” means charming, challenging, questioning, stylish, and doing things in their own way and to their own advantage. So what qualities make them so distinctive? And how do you get through to them? By looking at the attitudes and values of the French, and explaining how French life and business works,
Culture Smart! France shows you how to fit in as a foreigner. It gives practical advice on how to avoid faux pas and how to behave in different contexts. It takes you through French history, festivals, and traditions, and describes the French at home, on the road, in the restaurant, and at work. Above all, we show you how the French communicate, and how to get the best out of this idiosyncratic and brilliant people.
Many French women and men kiss on the cheek on first meeting. Take your cue from the person you are greeting as to whether to kiss or shake hands, but it’s never just one kiss on one cheek. The number of kisses on each cheek may depend on where you are, who you are, and whom you are kissing!