French People are Rude!
That is what I hear all the time. Each time I make mention that my wife and I are once again returning to France.
And so, I have been doing a lot of thinking the last few weeks about our trip across France this summer. And, considering the possibility of our return next summer to the south of France.
A thought crossed my mind. When we decided to visit this last July we were asked why by several people, because, as they said, “Everybody knows the French people are rude and hate Americans! So, why go?”
This was particularly interesting as all of those that made this comment had never been to France, and had never had any personal exposure to the French people. Heck, most had never even been out of the U.S.
Where do people get these notions? You will find rude, inconsiderate people everywhere you go. Have you ever been to NYC?
I think that like so many things, a difference in culture, and the misunderstandings that come along with that, are the reason so many think of the French people are rude. During our travels we never experienced this so-called rudeness. I dare say that, in our experience, that the French are actually quite polite in a formal way.
Everyone was helpful and courteous.
One difference for us might have been our attempt to speak at least a little bit of French. We found that it was very much appreciated even if we then switched to English, because they spoke English better than we spoke French, at least in most areas.
So, are you going to run across some rude people in the land of the baguette? I think that it is safe to assume that you will.
Can you paint everybody in a country with the “rudeness” paint brush? I hope not, as then all Americans would be painted with the ignorant boor paint brush. Something I am not terribly comfortable with.
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