thoroughly enjoyed this post by Céline Graciet, a French born translator who lives in England. It reminded me so much of episodes when I was in the UK or in the States and had trouble deciding whether I should shake hands with people, give a hug, or just do nothing. The French are fond of kissing, and I am not talking of French kissing here ;).
She describes how English and French people who have been working together for a long time behaved during their last meeting:
This made Céline feel awkward and she finally kissed their hostess, which
The whole thing of course made all the English participants quite uncomfortable.
Now I’ve experienced this sort of scene quite often, even with people who are long time friends and I always thought there should be some guide of etiquette to help people along.
Petite anglaise, who’s been living in France for quite a while finds that
First of all, there is the matter of how many kisses you are supposed to bestow. In Paris the norm seems to be two. In certain Parisian suburbs however you are expected to give four (which must be time consuming when you have to take your leave of a party of ten people). In some regions three is the customary number. Many a time I have proffered my cheeks twice, only to find that I was expected to go two full rounds.
And don’t miss the comments that follow Petite Anglaise’s post!
Have you experienced anything like this, going abroad?