- We do the Bise (kiss on the chicks) when greeting women. Number of kisses vary depending on the area you are in France, 2, 3 or 4 kisses. When greeting family you kiss everyone either male or female.
- There is free health care
- Public school is free, you can have University degrees and never paid a dime
(only admin cost, few hundreds)
- Generally when people get married and stay at family (not hotel), people invited would do a trick in their bed or during the night after wedding. This tradition starts to get lost, I think it was mainly in the country side
- French have a lot of social benefits and still think pessimistic towards the future (not a generality but seems more apparent when coming back for a visit)
- There are lot of random traditions around the country. Getting chased by bull in a village (south), dress up as girl if you are a man and man if you are a girl and kiss everybody during the night during carnival (north-east), and more.
- French work 35h /week
- By default you have 5 weeks off every year. The more experienced you get and the more additional days you get off.
- When you are paid monthly, you get an extra day off every month
- People can retire at age of 62
- EDF (Public Electricity) / SNCF (Public Train Transportation) workers retire at 55
- When arriving at work you need to greet everyone that works with you. Handshake/Bise depending of the gender. Can take a long time if you are working in a big department.
- All businesses are closed on Sunday (vary a bit for touristy spots)
- Pedestrians seem to cross a street wherever/whenever they want
- You can travel to many countries either by train or plane for less than $100
- Motorways are private in France and you need to pay to use them (generally expensive)
- You need to drive at least 20 hours with an instructor prior being able to pass your driving license
- You got to get red wine with your cheese, that's a fact!
- People drink aperitif prior dinner (1 or 2), it could be any type of long drink. Generally done when having people over or during weekend.
- Also works after dinner, digestif (help you digest, well that what we think). Generally sweeter alcohol, just one glass.
- French do not drink red wine outside dinner
- Meals take place usually at the same time everyday. People would rarely eat between meals and generally wait meal time even if hungry
- Dinner time is usually around 8pm
- When invited for a dinner, people usually bring flowers and wine
- It's a common thing to have a 4 courses meal: Starter + main dish + cheese + desert. (Lunch & Dinner)
- Some catholic people would do a cross on the bread prior cutting it
- We do not put bread up side down on the table as to respect it. From the expression: Il faut travailler pour gagner son pain = need to work to earn the bread
- Kids' snack could be just spreading butter on bread and powdering powder chocolate on top of it. Or take a piece of baguette and push a piece of chocolate bar in the middle.
- Pregnant women eat unpasteurized cheese
- Tips are not a thing in France. Few euros are usually the norm if any are left depending of the price of the meal (never a percentage)
- You need to ask the waiter/waitress for the bill or anything you want. They do not check on you every time
- When asking for a coffee, you are served with an espresso
- You can drink in a bar with your parents when you are 16