The Secrets of French Etiquette

French people are often stereotyped as being rude, especially when it comes to dealing with foreigners. But how much of this stereotype is simply a matter of different systems of etiquette than our own?

This video by France 24 is a crash course in the codes of conduct necessary to successfully navigating French society. The magic word of the day is “Bonjour,” the two syllables that will open nearly any door for you in France. The imperative nature of this greeting is just one of many minute rules that govern French interpersonal relationships, and respecting all of these rules is paramount.


But worry not. France 24 correspondent Florence Villeminot will guide you through table manners, greetings, and more acts of politesse so that you will never be caught off guard on your next French connection.