Différences Culturelles

Le canicule-the dog days-arrived early in France this year, before the end of June. As petite Clara basked in attention, I regarded un frigo americain, complete with icemaker built into the door. It was like an oasis in the desert for someone who has gone days without water. Ice in a tepid beverage is as crucial to an American as liquid is to a completely dehydrated French person. more…


Among the many differences that exist between French and American social business behavior, one of the most apparent is professional style. Quality. Elegance. Chic. France is known to be a world fashion capital and so it comes as no surprise that the French place great emphasis on appearance. First impression largely depends on dress, charm and attractiveness more…


The Americans see the French as …

  • Lazy : people who do not work and demonstrate in the streets (when they are not on strike)
  • Cowards : they always surrender, unreliable allies
  • Rude, anti-American and ungrateful, people who don’t speak English, distant and difficult to meet
  • Communists : people who live in a bureaucratic Socialist system and who are totally dependent on the State
  • Dirty : people who do not use soap (recently, I received a message : “why do French women use perfume instead of taking a bath?”)
  • Arrogant and conceited people, always giving lessons to the others

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