What NOT to do in France: Avoid These Faux Pas in France!

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This video explores what NOT to do in France, by an Expat in France who has been living here for 5 years. If you're visiting France you may wonder what not to do while in France, French etiquette and manners - the do's and don'ts of the French culture - in other words, Les faux pas en France!! This video covers the major ones so you know how to be polite in France and get a good taste of French etiquette 101. Buckle in for some French culture tips, social faux pas to avoid, France rules and don't forget to share your own French Culture hacks in the comments section below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------▼ ▽ SUPPORT ME ▽▼To make BETTER videos & MORE videos (vlogging camera, lighting, microphone, better editing software,...) and expand (e.g. website):1. BECOME A PATRON, get behind-the-scenes rewards, interact with me more and help me to reach my goals - rewards start at 1€/month: (France) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The description may contain affiliate links. I only recommend things I GENUINELY love. Thanks for supporting Not Even French and allowing me to keep making videos :)- what not to do in paris france , french etiquette for travellers -

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Alex Noon
I am French, I ve never seen any French people bringing bread (Baguette or whatever) at a dinner when invited.
We don't talk super loud cause we all have depression
ArianaGrande Love
Ur advice are wrong pls have trust on me Im french!
Aurélie Fabre
Pour la baguette, je ne suis pas d'accord. Ramène plutôt du vin, ou un dessert, parce qu'une baguette, c'est un peu \
Axelle LPS
I'm french and, for me (and I dont think I'm the only one) it's a really stressing thing to do \
Azahliya Snow
It's a bit funny that they get uncomfortable with people who are too friendly.
Lesson 1: A Universal Faux Pas: Living in a city/area for a while and then projecting/applying your findings to the entire population of a country. Things can vary greatly from one region/city to another!
Byte Me
Les français, pourquoi sont-ils tellement coincés du cul? Ils ont besoin de se détendre...Je rigole! Actuellement, j'admire une culture qui valorise le comportement poli. Am I allowed to feel that way as an American? mdr ;-D
Camille Philbert
Alors t'as tout bon, sauf sur un truc : LA BISE PTN! Arrêtez de croire que quand on fait le bise on vient faire un gros bisou baveux sur chacune de vos joues ! La bise se fait JOUE contre JOUE ! Et non lèvres contre joue ! On fait simplement ce fameux bruit de bisou avec nos lèvres, mais elles ne sont jamais en contact avec ta joue ! \nEt pour le dernier points sur nos acquis sociaux, je te dis bravo de l'avoir remarqué ! Car tous les étrangers ne remarquent pas que ce genre de \
Camille d
Haha beaucoup de préjugés quand même surtout avec la baguette française 😂😂 mais ce n’est pas grave 😂
Candy G
Speaking loud : i don't see what you mean really, but im living in a big city so... everybody yells.\n\nParis is not france : 100% right\n\nParenting : Sadly right\n\nTable manners : Depends on who's at the table ! Many times the first person to be served in a restaurant will eat right away : \
Carpe Diem
La règle importante: toujours, mais TOUJOURS dire bonjour quand on rentre dans un magasin et quand on arrive à la caisse...
Celine M
Apporter une baguette de pain ? Mdr j'ai jamais vue ca de ma vie 😂
Living in rural France the last 6 years, kids are generally better behaved than British kids. Even the teenagers are polite. When you get invited to dinner you take wine not a baguette! People here don't have a problem with saying bonjour to people they don't know. Say that in England and most of the time they look at you as if to say 'why are you saying hello, I don't know you'. On the negative side you won't get a good curry here so you'll have to learn to make your own!...Also their 2 -2 and half hour lunchbreaks take some getting used to lol...Try to speak their language as best you can, they do appreciate it.
Super vidéo, sauf certains points. Je n'ai jamais entendu parler de ce \
Christy Hardy
This was very interesting, thank you. It's funny because it is a little stressful to think about having to be on your guard so much when visiting. But also, speaking as somebody born and raised in the U.S., I like the idea of visiting a place where people tend to be more considerate of others.\nThe people on the train scowling and shooshing at the parents of noisy children... I identitfy with that a lot.\nI live in southern California and the rich white ladies will go shopping & let their toddlers scream & throw Cheerios on the floor! No apology, no aknowldgement, no taking the cherrios away or reasoning with the child. They just leave them there and assume it is the business/employees job to clean it up. Almost every time I go to a restaurant someone's child is running laps around the dining room. People try to bring young children or sometimes babies into movie theaters. The children are fine but sometimes they don't behave and want to run around and sometimes an infant will start crying and the parent will try to get away with not leaving the theater for as long as possible, as much as 20 min that I've witnessed. It's just weird because sometimes I think these parents ignore their children on purpose. Like they go out specifically to tire them out & keep them distracted, don't care if they're being rude and running amok, they just want a break from paying attention to them. If the kid falls and gets a concussion, the parent will shirk the blame to the business or property owner.\nI've always been well mannered & kind of shy, so I don't like how loud and boisterous some of these people can be. American football, something I've never understood (seriously why was I even born here?) turns these people into uncivilized animals. Scream, yell, break stuff, burn stuff... just over getting excited about a team winning or furious about a team losing.\nAlso, I don't like how spoiled and entitled people are here. I was taught to \
Cijey Ferrari
Normalement on apporte pas une baguette de pain lorsqu'on est invite, cest quelque chose que presque tout français à chez lui et en prévoir automatiquement pour un repas donc sa risque de faire bizar comme si vous apportiez de leau😂 en général on apporte une bouteille de vin, des fleurs ou des patisseries
Cédrick PERRON
If you want people to be nice with you in France, the very first thing you say to them should always be \
DiscussionProject k
Hey, I'm french, and I wouldn't give a shit about any of the social conventions mentioned in your video 😉 (I mean you can totally do that it doesn't even seem disturbing to me).\nExcept, maybe, the thing about money and saying goodbye. I was indeed raised that way and I kind of agree that I hate talking about money or richess, and I always say goodbye to most people and sometimes feel a bit sad when someone I liked at the party goes without even saying goodbye... but it's not in order to respect these 'conventions', it's just because it makes sense to me. :)
Being Parisian I agree with nearly all you said, I'm honored that someone got it so right because so many strangers fail to do so when speaking about Paris.\nTo go your way, I would say the attitude in public places is crucial in France. \nDon't shout. We have low resistance to people barking like dogs. Americans/Russians/Arabs often speak way too loud in Paris.\nDon't talk to people without saying hi and contextualizing (ie : don't just ask WHERE IS LE LOUVRE OMG, but instead say something like \
I just spent 11 minutes in a parallel universe, where people in France don't speak loudly, control their kids and bring baguette to dinner... what the hell?\nI've lived in France my whole life, we don't share the same vision of this country...
Elisa Bennington
Also when you are on the metro .... NO EYE CONTACT W STRANGERS! I know it can sound a bit weird but it makes us (french) feel really incomfortable and we dont know how to react 😂
At the end of an event a few months ago (in the United States), I went to hug one of my partners’ French colleagues goodbye. He physically blocked me by putting up his arms and boxing me out. \n\nI about died of embarrassment!
Quand on y pense, on est des sacré Connard 🤣🇫🇷🇫🇷 mais heureusement nous ne sommes pas tous comme sa, sauf les Parisiens 🤣🤣 (2nd Degré)
Funny Gaming Girl
I'm a freshman in high school and I've always wanted to move to France so I found one of my close friends and she said she wouldn't mind living with me like as roommates so once I get out of high school about a month or two later I'll move there I'm currently learning French and my friend said she will learn some now and learn the rest later so I guess I'll have to be her translator.
Gregoire Bresoux
What not to do in France/Europe : Be American.
Gregory Jean
Ahhhh la fameuse baguette du français, putain sa nous colle a la peau cette connerie 😂😂😂
Gwendolin ' Musiks
Les français Comme moi qui regardent cette vidéo doivent être morts de rire😂
Gwir Galon
The loud voices are a must to avoid, because there is a fine sense of space, including aural space, that is why it is seen as irude, as if you were literally stepping on everyone's ears, euh, feet...Or sitting taking up three chairs when everyone else is standing...American voices and speech patterns, because often nasal, carry far more than they notice. The French appreciate the friendliness fo Americans, (but also consider that their friendliness is only epiderm deep and lasts max for an encounter and no more-- good to know if you want to make friends here, it is not a thing that's taken for granted..) but not the ignorance of how physically or any other way, people from that culture take up space without thought for the person or other people there. Once you get that, the rest will seem obvious and easy to follow.. It's a much smaller country in space than the us.
Hermes Martin
Educated French don t say \
James Russell
Too much useless talking.
Jappeloup De luze
En fait c'est pas tellement parler d'argent qui est mal vu, c'est y accorder trop d'importance. Par exemple on peut parler de la promotion de qqn, de la joie qu il a avec sa nouvelle voiture peu importe, mais il ne faut pas qu'il semble faire un étalage de sa richesse ou qu'il semble en tirer de la fierté
Jean Pierre Zutter
Une autre recommandation valable pour la France et autres pays: quand vous entrez dans un magasin pour acheter quelque chose il faut d'abord saluer la vendeuse ou le vendeur par un bonjour , bonne après-midi puis ensuite demander l'article ,etc !! Entrer et demander ou exiger directement un service ou une marchandise est un manque de considération pour les personnes de ces commerces !!
concernant la bise : c'est un sujet souvent abordé par des youtubeurs.\ncomprenez que les français en rajoutent un peu. il n'est pas absolument nécessaire de faire la bise à tout le monde lors d'une soirée ou d'un repas. \nla bise c'est pour sa famille ou ses amis proches, les autres vous pouvez très bien juste leur serrer la main.\nsi vous êtes dans une soirée avec 40 personnes (pour reprendre votre exemple) vous n'allez pas taper la bise à tout le monde, en tout cas vous n'y êtes pas obligé.\nvous pouvez juste dire bonjour tout simplement.
Joy Pèrez
It's funny how French people feel so private and sensitive about money talking but at the same time they ALWAYS ask you: \n1. Where do you live? (So they can know your economic state)\n2. What do you do in life? (So...they can know your economic state!)\nLiterally everyone is doing this.
Juan Carlos Roth
You are a nice girl NEF, good job.
Jérôme S
Bravo, je trouve que tu as bien analysé certains comportements sans tomber dans le cliché :)
Karaté Club Marcheprime
Pour quelqu'un qui a vécu en France tu es très ignorante et tu alimentes beaucoup de de clichés faux
Kathy Jullien
Apporter une baguette à un repas !!!! Mais WTF ??? Vous vivez où ? MDR !!!
Le Grand Blond
En tant que français, ok pour ce que tu dis SAUF pour la baguette à ramener chez tes hôtes... Ne fais pas ça, on trouvera ça ridicule... Ramène plutôt une bouteille de vin ;-)
what ? bring baguette if you are invited , I ' m parisian and I never did this in my all life . Really , what a bad taste . You should bring wine , \
Il y a aussi le fait de faire du bruit en mangeant. Quelqu'un qui tape de la bouche en mâchant ou qui fait savoir qu'il aspire de la soupe, est considéré comme une personne qui manque d'éducation et qui ne sait pas se tenir à table.
Je trouve que ce n'est pas vrai les préjugés, on est pas mal éduqué on a juste pas la même définition de politesse.
Louis E. Romet
Don’t bring a baguette, that’d be a faux pas. Bring a bottle of wine and you’ll be fine
Je suis plutôt d'accord, sauf sur un point : jamais je ne ramènerai une baguette à un repas où je suis invité, au vu du prix de la baguette (0,95€), je passerai pour un radin :D ! J'aurai plutôt tendance à emmener le dessert ou du vin.
Léa Sans nom
Nan mais tu nous décris comme des gros coincés 😂 C'est pas une généralité !
MH 3S - Pour le Sport, la Science & la Santé
I don’t know who you met but some of your fact are wrong ^^. Only in the upper class in France that could that way. As a french guy, I can guarantee you that thing ;)
Marie Lisa
This makes me love France even more! I love Quiet, I appreciate well behaved children, thoughtfulness of others is always nice, arriving late is the usual for me, no hugging is preferable, everything else etc...
Marlène Kerb
Toute la vidéo est très vraie mais il y a des choses qui en tant que française me semblent si évident que j'ai du mal à me faire à l'idée que ce n'est pas pareil ailleurs 😂\nUn bébé qui fait du bruit tout un trajet n'agace pas les étrangers ?\nEt vous vous faites vraiment des câlins entre personnes qui se connaissent à peine ? Je confirme que ça me mettrait très mal à l'aise 😉
Martin De Beja
Yes even i think the social manner in rapport with the eating are awful, wait for everyone to be sit is simple, because usually the last to sit is the maker of a meal, waiting him is natural, buuuuut, there are some stupid rules like the fork, the knife, etc, have a stupid specific place to be... U must take ur fork in a special way, u can't lick what's left, u can't leave without saying it to everyone, u must wait the other to finish their meal to move on to the cheese or to the desert, etc...
Melli Wika
am I tripping or is she bouncing... something is very odd
Mlle Créativity
Hello, I'm French and I totally agree with what you said. The French are all like that, and I do it myself. Otherwise, I think you're video and just great!\nSorry, if I made mistakes, but I just speak a little beat english.
the people are really all different in France ... full of people in a bad mood\n it is those that we notice the most, the others we do not always cross .. sometimes I think to live elsewhere ..i know it well because i am French ....see you soon ..
They're quiet, unless there's a Nutella promotion and then ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!!
Not Even French
Salut Youtube! The French culture is rich and amazing but also full of unwritten scoial rules.. If I have missed any major ones, please add them dwn below! 👏🙂A bientôt !
Omg Zebi
Im shocked that countries exist where you can start eating before everyone has been served xD
It's all about peaches and coconuts! \n\nMost people from the US and other Anglo-Saxon countries are peaches. Warm and outgoing when you first get to know them. All smiles and such.\nThe French are definitely coconuts. Distant and reserved at first, but if you manage to break through that hard outer shell, they're great people.
P-Nut311 P-Nut311
Hello. I'm french and I confirm all these social unwritten rules. Except one : \
Pascal Melchior
2:25 Paris is not France. This should be written on the Eiffel tower with big letters.
Pauline Poirette
I am French and everything is true :) It's okay to ask for modifications in your meal at the restaurant but as you say, usually the proportions are right. And usually, there is enough choice for you to have something that's perfectly to your taste. As far as the kids are concerned, I was an au pair in the UK and I have family in the US (and the kids are American, US education and all) and well... UK kids and US kids have the same kind of education, which is not a lot of education actually. No discipline, they can do whatever they want, they don't have rules, and the parents always talk to them like they're afraid of them (yes I've seen that) and smile even when they supposedly tell them off. Sometimes I wonder how French-English families do to compromise...\nYour video is super interesting, please keep making these ;)
Poussahful Tato
Après il ne faut pas généraliser, même si je suis d’accord avec certains points (genre à table attendre que tout le monde soit servi, proposer avant de se servir à boire, quitter la table en même temps que tout le monde, ou encore ne pas exposer ta fortune aux gens ni de leur dire que tu as du succès dans ta vie, effectivement très mal vu) pour le reste ça ne concerne pas tous les français, un sourire dans le métro ça fait toujours plaisir, ça peut même illuminer une sale journée, pour la familiarité ou le calin ça dépend surtout des gens et de leur personnalité, il y a des français qui sont très à l’aise et très rapidement sociables, même si il est de coutume de ne pas être familier avec le premier inconnu qui passe.\nPour les gamins, là aussi ça dépend des gens, il y en a qui sont disciplinés puis d’autres qui courent dans tous les sens.\nPour les soirées, là aussi ça dépend, pour ma part je ramène rarement quelque chose avec moi (et encore moins une baguette mdrrr), sauf pour les anniversaires où je ramène un cadeau.\nPour ce qui est des acquis sociaux comme le repos dominical, là encore une fois ça dépend des gens, pour un fonctionnaire ou quelqu’un de « gauche » il est évidemment hors-de-question de critiquer ça, mais pour un macroniste ou néo-libéral il aura tendance à remettre ces acquis en question.\nEt enfin pour finir, évidemment que tous les français ne viennent pas de Paris, ça aurait été la même gêne si je demandais à un texan il vient de quel quartier de New-York...
Romain Durand
Coming 'late' to a party is a way of being sure the host has enought time to prepare everything AND get a breathing space before the guests comes. It is very much appreciated here :)
As an English man with a French wife visiting France I noted (eventually) that men don't eat ice cream on the beach, considered to be for children, women can get away with it. Definitely greet properly you brother in law after you have not seen him for 12 month, or you will be the laughing stock of the family when they share the experience at home. The French are not interested in conversations about cars, your work, or even your hobbies preferring what you eat , wear and think. And on the thinking subject English people are quite tolerant on political views, but there appears to be expectations depending on your age and background in France. Lastly having made a few faux pas myself, my wife informed me that, no you really cannot say that in France - and she herself would not have got away with such a comment herself, but I came out OK because it's attributed to me being English. The whole thing works backwards as well with my wife completely mis-interpreting the actions and comments of people and even her friends in England.
C'est la base d'éduquer ses enfants,
Sabrine Camillia
Viens à Marseille, tu verra qu'on parle tous très fort, et qu'on est trèèès agité
Speed Tripe
Tu nous décris relativement bien. C'est vrai que c'est un \
Stark Asakura
En soirée, il ne vaut mieux pas ramener du pain^^ ce serait juste bizarre xD par contre, du vin, un dessert ou un petit cadeau pour l'hôte oui
Sweefer et ses vidéos
Je suis daccord avec tout ce que tu dis, sauf, peut être pour ce qui est du restaurant... Au restaurant si tu veux demander qu'il te mette la sauce apart, je ne vois pas ou est l'impolitesse du moment ou c'est demander gentillement ^^. tu peux même demander des légumes a la place des frittes, ou pas de tomates dans ta salade .... bref, normalement dans la plupart du temps pas de soucis. Je pense que tu est mal tombé .... Après moi j'habite dans le sud, peut etre qu'a Paris c'est different ..... En tout cas très sympa ta vidéo ^_-
What an awesome video to watch and learn about France. I've learned some pretty amazing stuff, and I think its so awesome that people work 35 hours a day and that shops are not open on Sundays. There seems to be a lot of emphasis about respect and I like that a lot.
Thiébaut Joël
For those who wants to be fixed with \
Tifaine L
On est pas obligé de faire la bise pour dire au revoir. On peut faire un signe de la main ou un truc du genre. Après au niveau \
Toto Take
be careful of thieves in paris.
Don't bring a single baguette to a party/dinner.\n\nIt's okay and often appreciated among students because laziness means we'll often forget to have enough bread, but among working adults that's a clear faux pas. \n\nEspecially \
Tyler Godby
The more I hear about how the French act, the more I want to move there. A nice quiet introvert's heaven.
Perfect ! But, just ONE little detail: I advice you to prefer bring a bottle of a good wine, a dessert or even a little gift for the host than a baguette, the host may not really understand why you're bringing bread to its party X) !\n\n-A Frenchie, just passing by
Vicky N
alors je sais pas ailleurs en France mais dans le sud les gens parlent souvent forts un peu comme en Espagne et en Italie !
Winsome Loraine PETER
Thank you for this video! I lived in Paris for 6 months and it was tough. Before coming to Paris, I lived in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Kazakhstan over 18 years - I was excited about Paris and living in a European city and thought it would be so much easier. Well, it wasn't and now that I look back I probably did most of these faux pas while being there. But anyway, I am glad I had the experience and would not choose to live there again but will love to return as a tourist for a very short trip to see some of the places I didn't get to see. I appreciate the information you shared - it's made me wiser.
Yoel Armas Macías
Another faux pas would be: NEVER USE \
En tant que français, je peux dire que tous tes exemples sont vrais et pertinents.\nEn particulier, ne pas gérer ses enfants, c'est vraiment considéré comme un manque de politesse.
ben_ji 0
the politeness is very different between Paris, the north of France and the south
ahah le jour où on me ramène une baguette à un dîner, je vais bien me marrer... xD
florimont h
Quelques erreurs , pas mal de vérités ... Après tout dépend de la situation et de la personne . Mais c'est vrai que nous somme assez fermé 😂
ilona pecnard
je viens d'une campagne francaise et c'est l'inverse si tu ne dis pas bonjour c'est mal vue
la Cantine de la RedBox
Tu peut choisir au restaurant se que tu veut précisément se que tu souhaite dans ton repas mais certain évite de le faire pour le gaspillage alimentaire
Les étrangers qui ne jurent que par Paris c est assez incroyable je trouve. Oui elle est pas mal comme ville mais c est le côté touristique qui est pertinent. Le reste c est vraiment bof bof, surtout la mentalité 😂
La France a une société complexe, multiple aux nombreux antagonismes et ses codes de politesse ou de bienséance vont changer parfois radicalement selon la région, l'orientation politique, la génération, le milieu social, etc. En tous les cas merci pour ces fines observations et le regard bienveillant que tu portes sur nos petites \
nicholas lewis
It sounds like they have class is what you're saying. I think I would thrive in France
voice down - it reminds me of somebody's spanish friends visiting estonia and going to supermarket, noticing almost dead quiet there and asking, politely: erm, sorry, do you have some all-national-important mourning today or what? \n:D\nsame or even quieter cultural norm here - not that estonians cannot be reelll loud sometimes, esp drunk or young or both. and inculturating- recently heard russian mom explaining in russian to her kid smth, what essentially was: don't shout like damn russian in public. ;D
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rapha nunu
Why should we feel \
renardor montage
OK, I am French and what about you are talking is available only for some places in France because between Paris and Marseille it is a quite, or even very different.
Gawd..you're such a cutie
Rename as what not to do in France with real frenches ( not paper frenches). Thank you.
Viens au Québec :) On est plus relax, plus accueillants! Tu vas pouvoir sourire aux gens sans te sentir comme un extra-terrestre! :P
tyler durden
tout est vrai mais marseille c'est un autre pays en France
une personne parmi d'autres
C'est presque entièrement vrai ! Même si certaines impeu exagérées la vidéo est plutôt \
you Rizz
J’ai regardé t’a vidéos et je trouve que tu es bien dans le thème mais se n’ai pas une généralité ... t’a description des français n’ai pas tout a fait incorrect je m’explique : Par exemple dans t’a vidéo je trouve que pour toi les français sont des gens coincés mais parfois tu tomberas sur des gens chaleureux convivial et j’en passe sinon la plus part des avertissements était bons \nSinon j’ai bien aimé t’a vidéos pouce bleu 😁
Élane Neverland
Coucou ! Je suis française , j'habite en France et je suis d'accord avec ce que tu as dit sauf pour une seule chose , c'est que d'emmener une baguette de pain quand on est invité chez d'autre personne c'est peut être un peut trop le cliché du français donc je conseille plus d'emmener une bouteille de vin ou quelque chose comme ça ^^
I'm french and i didn't even know what the \