MORE FRENCH CULTURE SHOCKS! New Zealand vs. France (Pt 2)

MORE FRENCH CULTURE SHOCKS! New Zealand vs. France (Pt 2)


Salut YouTube welcome back to my New
Zealand vs France culture shock series so if you haven’t seen part 1 of this
video I highly recommend you check that out first where I talk about the first
10 culture shocks so I’ll link that in the description box below but if you
have already seen it let’s go, let’s talk about the next 10 culture shocks between (French) France and NZ – let’s go! ok culture shock number one is that
sweatpants are a no-go so as part of the kind of French refinement it’s actually
kind of important how you dress and present yourself which was very
depressing to learn as a New Zealander because our weekend uniform is like
skinny jeans, hoodie your hair done up in a messy top knot you know like pretty
casual and yeah you’ve probably heard about New Zealanders yeah we can walk
around barefoot it’s nice and clean we’ll go from our home we’ll walk down
to the corner shop which we call a dairy barefoot no problem, or in jandals at
least, so we can keep it pretty casual to say the least, whereas in France if you go out like that even just down to the store to grab
some milk or whatever it is you’ll get those looks – you know the looks – you know the ones! And it’s not even about just going outside it can be about the inside
kind of house rules as well like I’ve noticed that here you don’t really wake
up on the weekend and stay in your PJs all day and in terms of like boyfriend versus
girlfriend as well like I have this gorgeous Eastern European friend of mine
who’s living in France here with a French boyfriend and on the weekends
she’d just wear some some track pants and I’m sure because it’s her they were
very skinny flattering track pants like showing off her body so not even the big
sloppy ones that I would wear and he actually asked her to stop wearing her “home clothes” around the place because it looked a little bit slobby! I think this
is definitely a thing here where you don’t wear that oversized t-shirt and
trackies and walk around barefoot because you look a little bit homeless and for
us that’s cool you can go to university like that you
can go down to the shop like that you can go supermarket shopping like that
but here c’est pas possible So number two is a little bit random but this is
about the cars in France so I find the cars in France actually really cute
there’s loads of really little tiny smart cars or just small compact cars
and even if you are wealthy you know usually in the states or in the
UK Australia New Zealand in general I’d say if you’re wealthy you buy those big
cars to kind of show it off a little bit or if you’ve got a family you’ll have
those huge sort of big soccer mum cars Range Rovers, etc. I’m sure there’s
people that do have really nice flashy big cars but I’ve just noticed it way less, it just seems to be way less attached to your ego as well to buy a big flashy
car for the French which is quite nice way less pressure for me and I will say that even though the French have quite the reputation for being terrible
drivers I think they’re probably the best at parking in the world. I have seen
cars parallel park into spaces that are the size of the car and you need some
skill to do that So number three is about the fashion and yeah I know that
France has a reputation for being the most fashionable place in the world it’s where fashion was born and yes when you’re walking around on the streets
everyone looks very smart and chic but what I was kind of shocked about is that
it’s very homogeneous and it kind of resembles a uniform I remember when I
arrived in France I feel like every single French girl was wearing black
skinny jeans that were slightly too short for her and exposed her ankle or
maybe this kind of dark red burgundy color jean or pant and they’d be wearing
a simple top with a black leather jacket and a scarf and wearing no or very
little makeup and if they are wearing makeup just maybe a bit of mascara maybe some BB cream or a nice sheer foundation maximum and a lip color I
find here even if you dye your hair you dye it a very very natural colour like you
don’t really take big risks you don’t see a lot of pixie cuts or bleach
blonde or let’s say reds or deep purple’s or kind of more creative things
going on with the hair and I think it’s because in France the beauty standards
are really around “I didn’t make much effort” I woke up like this Again yeah it looks nice, it looks chic, don’t get me wrong but I mean you can really see
the difference when you go to London for example and everyone’s wearing what they
want, they do whatever they want with their hair, anything goes you see some
good sights you see some really bad sights but there’s freedom and there’s creativity
going around and the way you express yourself and the way you dress Number four I mean I don’t want to be cliché but I don’t think I can mention culture
shocks with France without mentioning French administration – my favorite! I
just remember when I arrived here feeling like everything was so hard and
so slow like you can’t just stroll into your bank and get an appointment with
the adviser, you need to book, why? Because the appointment will take one hour instead of 15 minutes Why? Oh because there are huge amounts of forms and paperwork and documents to provide and things to go through! Why
does it have to be so hard, why do things have to be so slow. I mean and it’s
always in person it’s always like physical copies you have to bring the
original and photocopy original and photocopy why can’t we just submit the
documents online why can’t we just text the Internet company that we want to
join and they just set us up through a text by text process like they have in
other sort of modern countries It just hasn’t really hit France yet and there’s this sort of like this big paranoia that we need all these documents we need to
be safe and secure and otherwise I don’t know people are gonna steal our
identities or something bad is gonna happen if we don’t pile paperwork onto
every single process you can imagine Another culture shock
I had hear about the food capital of the world is there a lot of the restaurants
especially once you get out of Paris are quite the same same so chicken lamb veal
steak tartare and then for the dessert creme brulée tiramisu mousse au chocolat melting heart chocolate pudding it just it just kind of seems very very
similar from one French bistro to another of course in Paris you’ve got a
lot more choice but I think we’re kind of spoilt in New Zealand because we’ve
got that nice proximity to Asia we have a lot of amazing Asian fusion style
restaurants, Indian… whereas here you kind of have to go to special neighborhoods
to really get the choice that you’re after I find there’s less diversity per
square kilometre in terms of restaurants if that makes sense Number six is that you definitely have to be a little less trusting here when I
arrived in Paris I was so fresh I was so naive I would be on the Metro with my
handbag wide open I would just never have the reflex to think OK you’ve
actually got to be careful with your handbag here and I’d be chatting away to a friend and they’d be like “Rosie!” what are you doing like close your bag! And I’d be like “oops! My bad” Nothing’s happened to me where I’ve had
something stolen a handbag a phone or whatever but I have seen it happen in
front of me I’ve had friends have things stolen I’ve had friends who have
just been eating at a restaurant with their work laptop down by their foot and
when they go to leave the restaurant in the evening it’s no longer there it’s
just got to be a little bit more wary which took me a long time to get used to
because my default is very low crime you can trust everyone so it’s just a kind
of different atmosphere I guess and you’ve got to be a little bit more
careful with your things you do back home for sure point Number seven I think is maybe a little bit unfair because I know New Zealanders
are a little bit of an exception when it comes to being super cool and laid back
but I definitely noticed a difference in attitude of people and I don’t want
to go into too much detail because I think I’m gonna do a whole nother video
on this but in New Zealand the attitude is warm and open and friendly you smile
the other day my friend told me that there was a woman with her on the train
and she accidentally missed her stop and the train was a sort of fork railway
system so it was going off in the complete wrong direction for her and so
she felt quite stuck and she was just surrounded by offers of rides, people
willing to drive her to where she needs to go people were offering that she comes back
to their house and waits for her friends while they pick her up and that’s just
the right Kiwi thing to do whereas here I just find in general that attitudes
are distrusting between people and I don’t want to generalize but I’ve
definitely noticed that there’s less positivity and upbeat moods around me
then I have back home Another culture shock I had is that the French children are so well behaved so even at the ages of four, six they’ll be seated quietly
and discreetly at a restaurant and they’ll be eating their meals with the
adults and they won’t be trying to talk over the adults and they will you know
ask if they can sort of jump into the conversation or they’ll do so when
there’s a natural gap in the conversation I kind of feel in New
Zealand when you’re having dinner with people that have kids, the kids run
the show like it’s all about them it’s all about getting them to eat, they’ll
refuse what they’re eating they’ll talk over you, they’ll butt in, they’ll have to be
told please don’t speak while adults are
speaking and then they’ll just do it again I don’t know maybe we’re less
disciplined with our children less “cadre” as they say in French and I think
that’s definitely the case I’ll never forget going to my boyfriend’s cousin’s
house and she’s got these two gorgeous girls and I think they were around 7 and 9 at the time or something like that and the
eldest one was running into the kitchen while the mum was cooking and she’s like
mum can I please help you set the table? and it was just like whoa whoa stop the
clock what just happened there? I do have some theories about how they achieve
children like this which I as I said I’ll do a video on that but in the
meantime I do recommend reading Pamela Druckerman’s bringing up baby book which
explains a lot of the key principles really well and that will of course be
in the notes below Number 9 is about the French people and their holidays when I
first arrived in France it was September and I heard a lot about La Rentrée, I was like what is La Rentré? It’s this huge moment of the year where people are
back to school but also adults are back to work why because they took basically
all of August off in France you usually take three to four weeks off in the
summer and that’s just totally normal and totally cool and once I realized how
much leave you got here once you start working so you’ve got the five weeks
minimum plus you often get extra above and beyond that I was just blown away
and so what it means is that you can travel easily I mean the French that I’m
around always seem to be going to Greece to Portugal to Croatia it’s just so casual
they live very beautiful lives in that way and coming from the other side of
the world a little island in the middle of nowhere that was really shocking to
me but to defend the French because I know there’s a little bit of a
stereotype about them being lazy we earn these holidays because we work way more
hours I find in the days and then we have more holidays to compensate so we
may be doing in 10 or 11 hour days as a standard and then get lots of
holidays in New Zealand we only get 20 days of leave but at 5:30 you’re out the
door and you’re enjoying the rest of your evening so I think it’s just a
different system Culture shock numbe 10 or number 20 if you’ve watched both videos is that the French are so polite and I know I’ve mentionned this before but
you always say bonjour to everyone you sort of interact or pass – when you
hop into the elevator you say bonjour when you go into the doctor’s office you
say bonjour you’re always saying merci like even
between you know boyfriend/girlfriend if your boyfriend just lets you go through
the door first or whatever you always say merci or if he serves your water merci and
it’s kind of funny because of course we’re polite in New Zealand but I don’t
think we you say thank you so much as they do here here I feel like the manners are very structured and in place which is super nice they’re very very polite
people the French So guys if you made it all the way here to the end of my video I salute you let me know if you want me to do a Part 3 because I could
keep talking about this stuff for hours and please let me know what your culture
shocks were I’d be really interested to hear what other culture shocks are
coming from different base countries but until then I wish you a great day and
I’ll see you soon A bientôt!

100 thoughts on “MORE FRENCH CULTURE SHOCKS! New Zealand vs. France (Pt 2)

  1. Even here in Houston when I was a little girl we was never allowed to come to the breakfast table in pajamas my father expected us to come to The Breakfast Table dressed very nicely in my mother ruelala she was beautiful and very well-dressed my mother's complexion is beautiful golden brown complexion M need to but what confuses me is my sister is light complected with red hair I am quite the opposite I have brown hair and I have a golden complexion like my mother's she is my blood sister are there French people have beautiful complexions maybe some white and some with a golden complexion I would like to know

  2. Unhappy! The world capital of gastronomy is NOT Paris; but it's Lyon. (Paris robs us of everything!) It is very offensive to say otherwise. You have to come to typical restaurants in Lyon: the "bouchons".

  3. Comme pour la première partie, beaucoup de choses ne s'appliquent qu'à Paris. Au sujet des restaurants, ça me surprend car habitant une ville moyenne de province, le choix de nourriture est assez varié, y compris pour la cuisine orientale, tout comme les prix d'ailleurs. Sympa toutes ces vidéos en tout cas. Ne pas oublier aussi dans la comparaison qu'il y a 3x plus d'habitants à Paris que dans toute la Nouvelle-Zélande… question de proportions.

  4. Rose Rose, i will have to see you in person if i'm really, really in love with you! and you come so close to the screen i could bend and kiss, you, is that normal you think ? and you said on the first date you only kiss once, i read a book on Margret Mead and she said if you fall in love only the western culture gets married but primitive people didn't get married Rose what do you think? Rose you tell me Jerome from Florida

  5. J'ai été en nouvelle Zélande et quand mes amis kiwis faisaient leur shopping pieds nus, j'étais tellement amusée de voir ça car en France, on te laisse pas rentrer faire tes courses sans chaussure

  6. Salut Rosie! I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed watching your videos and found them interesting, entertaining and funny too. You’re gorgeous! Well done! From an Aussie to a Kiwi! Mwah!!!

  7. merci pour tt ces détails précieux rosie…je ne m'étais jamais rendu compte de toutes ces habitudes dont tu parles…c'est vraiment ancré dans notre normalité on dirait !:)

  8. Great vids you are making, thanks, it also somewhat helps me since I have lived outside of France for about 25 years and forget about those things… oh, and Just so you know, New Zealand is a feminine noun and hence la not le…

  9. I think that many things you say comes from the fact that you are in Paris, not France. Not in all France happens the same. For example, people are more patient, nicer, smiling, they talk to you, in the outskirts

  10. At work it's worse we're able to say merci like twice or thrice through a conversation for only one thing: I mean one does stgh for s.o else and they chat and the second thanks the first, and first thanks the second back for informations, and the second thanks back for help, etc. It sounds sometimes kind of ridiculous but we do enjoy that because that shows that we enjoy working together.

  11. Pour le 5 je suis pas d’accord 👎🏼 justement c’est très varié !!! Restaurant chinois, mexicains asiatiques , italiens, indiens, russe il y a de tout !

  12. I am curious as to how the French are towards those with disabilities (we can't always look the same as everyone else), especially towards children with disabilities like autism which make it hard for them to understand social cues and structure. Do parents with children with Autism just never let them leave the house because society deems their behaviour inappropriate?

  13. re Administration…
    reading antique book circa 1925 book 'TOURING THROUGH FRANCE', by American couple the Shackletons, eternal observation of the seriousness and time taken by French officials, a feature surprising to many from other cultures…

  14. J'aime beaucoup tes vidéos et je dis qu'il est tout à fait possible de marcher pieds nus comme les Néo-Zélandais et aussi les Australiens. Bien sûr on est regardé bizarrement mais au bout d'un certain temps je n'en ai plus rien à foutre ! J'ai même pris le train pieds nus pour partir en vacances sans une paire de sandales dans mes bagages !

  15. I lived for 10 years near Paris and I have family in Australia. Every time I watch one of your video, I ask myself "why does she stay in France?" Everything seems much better in New Zealand"

  16. Concerning nb 1, do you live in Paris? That would explain a lot haha, cause where I have lived, we really don't give a flying sh** what we're wearing inside the house, and it's definitely gonna be comfy stuff rather than pretty stuff, same for going out, we probably don't wear like sweat pant or so outside as much as Americans, Kiwis, etc. but I'll definitely wear my oversized shirts/sweaters or sweatpants at uni if I'm going to the gym after or if I'm just lazy (and that's like often), and same for most of the ppl I know

  17. Mdr pour le style nous aussi on a nos cagoles 😂 mais c'est vrai que nous sommes tous un peu des copies conformes sur le style !!

  18. Ouah, c'est comme ça à Paris? 😂 je crois que je vais rester à Lyon, au moins je peux rester chez moi en pyjama et sortir en jean-sweat chignon degeulasse

  19. Funny, but it's been a very long time since I've witnessed the "administrative" nightmare you talk about. Since the advent of the Internet, France was really the first country to put its administration on line. Now, there are services that have no street address and you do everything on line, including the banks. Maybe my bank is special, but I've never had a problem arranging a talk with my bank adviser even way back before the Internet existed. Maybe your bank is under-staffed?

  20. If you're concerned about the diversity of restaurants, I suggest the Grands Boulevards (Opéra) district, where you can get Lebanese (my favorite), Italian (Pizza Pino), Vietnamese (Hanoi Caphé), French (several), Japanese, Chinese, Indian restaurants and sidewalk cafés that serve small dishes, all within a couple of hundred yards of each other, plus a slew of other commerce outlets and chattering crowds. The Champs Elysées and Latin Quarter are also quite diverse.

  21. "les français ne savent pas conduire" comment ça ?!! Ici tout le monde roule avec des manuels pas comme vous et n'oubliez pas tout les grands pilotes français merci !

  22. Pour le 7 je dirais que c'est à cause de tout ce qu'il se passe en France,les vols,les viols du coup ça nous fait vraaiiiiment peur

  23. Hahaha Spain and Germany and also super annoying with in the person paperwork but Germany takes the cake. I also agree about the fashion, for a fashion hub there seems to be a lack of risk or creativity going on. I love your videos but they do make me glad that I chose Spain not France.

  24. YES!!!! Many of them seem to wear pants that are too short. I'm Dutch, so we have a history of floodings, and when people wear their pants like that we make fun of them saying it's "high water in the village". Your pants have to be long enough AND especially men might even buy extra long socks to make sure no one can see their skin if they have fancy a job. It took all I had to keep a straight face when my French teacher was sitting with part of his legs visible below his desk… To me it's the equivalent of wearing socks and sandals to work or showing up with your boxer shorts rising above your pants. 🙂

  25. I agree with everything you said. I am French and from a very teeny tiny town but I can relate to what you say even though it looks like you live around Paris. The only thing I don’t fully agree on is the work. We do get a lot of vacation in France (which I loved and miss so much now that I am in the US) but I have not seen people who work 10/12h days. My parents have always done 7h/day, same for my whole family mostly. I guess it depends where you work but seems like for most people they just work their normal 35h/week.

  26. Pour le point 7 si tu vas dans de plus petite ville tu verra que nous nous comptons comme des new-zélandais..Voilà bisous..😚

  27. On the politeness culture choc, I experience it all the time in the UK where I am now based and despite the British being known as very polite, I really struggle with the lack of greetings. Since there are no formal 'hello', bise or any systematic introducing , I often spend some parties with newly arrived guests who just phase me out and then I end up not have spoken to them during the whole evening – and feel very uncomfortable about it. The bise or shaking hands, even though very brief, breaks the ice and you have introduced yourself in a second, and you will leave doing the same with having a little convo with everyone. So this British distance is paradoxically super rude from a french point a view!

  28. Hello!

    La vidéo est très bien faite, même si il ne faut pas oublier que il n'y a pas que Paris, et qu'on est tous différents.

    Je rajoute juste pour les enfants. Il est vrai qu'on apprend à bien nous tenir, mais, en tout cas dans ma famille, ce n'est pas au point de demande la permission pour parler. La principale règle est de tous s'écouter les uns les autres, de ne pas se couper la parole. Sinon, nous pouvons donner notre avis et intervenir, poser des questions pendant une discussion. Si nos parents ne veulent pas qu'on interviennent, soit ils nous le disent, soit ils n'en parlent pas devant tout le monde

  29. I'm an Italian living in Strasbourg (France).  Italian bureaucracy is crazy, but French one is even worse!  They seem to ignore web forms for submitting documents and/or schedule appointments.  Emails are ignored, even in the private sector:  When I was looking for a big apartment to buy (for a big amount of cash!), I received 1 reply every 10 emails sent;  They didn't care about the fact thay I was willing to give them hundreds of thousands of bucks, the most part of the agencies totally ignored the emails!  And they prefer the check to the bank transfer, as it was the case in Italy… 100 years ago.  I love Strasbourg and its citizens, but sometimes they're simply too French for me!

  30. Listening to your discourse, I feel like you could move here to Los Angeles with very little cultural friction. Apart from being a large metropolis like Paris, a lot of the social things you describe from New Zealand are pretty much a match here.

  31. We were some friends who's gotten a table at a restaurant in Paris. There was also a bar in this restaurant and while i waited for the food to be served i got up and sat down at the bar to have a beer. No no, couldn't do that, had to go back to my table and order it from the waiter.

  32. J'ai regardé plusieurs de tes vidéos et j'ai remarquée que tu attribues beaucoup de trucs sexiste comme étant un truc typiquement français, le sexisme c'est du sexisme point, en France au ailleurs ça n'a rien d'exotique ou de positif, c'est dégradant et c'est tout. Et c'est a ne surtout pas respecter juste parce que certains étiquettent ça comme faisant parti de la culture française. C'est dangereux de ne pas faire la différence attention 😮
    Et aussi mais ça je suis sûre que tu le sais déjà mais Paris n'est pas la France et ce qui est normal là bas est rarement normal ailleurs et vise versa 😉

  33. Depends where you go in the south I feel like it’s different in marseille everyone(the younger people) wear track pants

  34. Please, yeah, part 3!!!
    One of my cultural shocks when I was in France was about educational system. I was in Master 2 – Chemistry, and I figured out (too late) that the exams had place all together, at the end of the semester!
    In Brazil, we do all we can to never have 2 exams at the same day, and we usually have at least 2 exams per discipline (it makes easier to reach the minimal score)

  35. In Europe in general it's rather impractical or even pretentious to own a bigger car (especially land rover, hummer etc.) unless you live in some village or mountain area. European cities usually do not have streets build for big cars since lots of the city centers were built way before 20th century (and often on hills or quite uneven terrain, between rivers, in valleys etc.).

  36. The men’s “uniform” is dark – dark knee length overcoat; wrap around scarf; black pointy-toad shoes; dark suit with the jacket being much too short (like stopping just below the waist) and appearing much too small.

  37. Un truc dont j'aurai cru qu'il y serait, c'est le tabou de l'argent: en france, c'est très mal vu de parler de son argent ou de dire combien on gagne, et on doit y aller avec des pincettes pour le prix de la maison….et je crois que ça choque pas mal les étrangers, surtout les anglo-saxons…..je crois que c'est à la fois l'héritage catholique et l'héritage communiste

  38. I know You mean well, but You do realize how easy it is to forge a document? Do You like You identity stolen? That is why You can not do stuff safelly just via scanning papers at home……….. And You do not have to bring original, You can have cerified copies of the originals. Believe You me I came to a point I love love love burocracy………..it saved my ass so many times, cause in any case scenario, you can always always track down the problem and prove You did everything right and pin point who did not do what they were supposed to. And….the cassuall look "i woke up like this" is quite hard work and I m so sorry french plp in here, You are know through out history as dirty 😀 why do you go to sleep without shower? you get the daily dirt in your sheets and how often you change them 😀 Love your videos, it is always interesting to see other opinions 😀

  39. It was shocking to see pedigree dogs being mated in public by the owners who held them and positioned them to facilitate smooth operation!!! Chic people with chic dogs doing that!! So funny.

  40. your bientot sounds just a tad bit off, just a little too much stress on the 'bien' (wasn't paying close attention and thought I heard a Spanish word)
    love your chanel, thank you for sharing all your insights

  41. Alors, un bistrot est un bistrot. C'est un type de restaurant comme un restaurant de poisson, de burgers, italien, japonais… Donc normal que t'y retrouves tjs les mm choses.

  42. I just discovered your feed and love it!
    I’m dual NZ Canadian dual citizen. I lived in Whitby, NZ in grade school. My mom’s side is Acadien French from PEI. It’s awesome to hear someone else say “jandals” and “dairy”!
    (I still have to “translate” words I learned as a kid to Canadian English…like panel beater …”auto body repair mechanic” is just so awkward.)

    (BTW I’m the principal of Odyssey Heights School for Girls/ École pour filles Odyssey Heights in Toronto, Ontario. We’re inside Alliance-Français, and all students take the French Ministry of Ed’s DELF Jr. FSL . I’m going to use some of your videos this year with my students.) www.odysseyheights.ca
    Cheers,

  43. Hi Rosie, I know this is your old video but I wanted to say that your experience in France remind me of my childhood in Poland. I was born and raised there. I moved to USA for college and it was such a Culture shock. Poland is exactly like France, especially the bureaucracy! In the USA I can do everything over the phone in Poland I need to show thousands of documents, stamps and papers 🤣🤣😂🤣🤣
    I agree children are very well behaved in France same as in Poland and we don’t wear sweat pants outside the home 😆
    I am living here in the USA for 20 years. I try to raise my children the European Way , they see the difference already and sometimes they don’t like that I am being so strict with them.
    Polish people don’t smile, to strangers or have a random conversation with them. Here in the USA is opposite.
    Seems like New Zealand is quite similar to the USA. People are more relax, and it’s easier to exist I think.
    As an EU member I could technically live in France but I feel like I have more fun here in the states. I even forgot how to eat with fork and knife 🤣🤣🤣🤣
    Love your channel! Xoxo Magdalena ❤️

  44. In fact, about the kids they are all different. Some will be difficult because of their own personnality and because of parent's education.
    I think that the children that you met are like my daughter very polite when there is people and nice little monster in close family. 😂 😰

  45. Rosie i like your french cuty accent and you're very beautiful as well. You've got a really pleasant face ☺️

  46. I've never observed the French being rude. I love the French culture and I'm English living in Paris…………As a teacher……now that's a video, I should do…….

  47. Tes analyses son plutôt drôles mais malheureusement biaisées… Je me trompe peut-être, mais tu m'a l'air de côtoyer principalement des parisiens. Or, français et parisiens sont deux espèces radicalement différentes et opposées. Soyons clair, tu trouveras peu de "provinciaux" qui parlent des parisiens en termes élogieux.

  48. Attention suivant les régions rien n'est comparable ni les gens ni les mentalités…. et Paris c'est Paris !!!! 😬

  49. Je te propose de regarder le sketch de Danny Boon sur Paris…. c'est extrêmement bien résumé et marrant à la fois 😉

  50. About the food if you want differently you have to travel around France and each region have different dishes.
    Country life is different from city life!

  51. Trust everyone in Paris?  Are you crazy?Most French people are rather sullen.  Sudden fits of pique are not tolerated toowell.  Bursts of laughter are frowned on.  As a rule, they generally do not care forforeigners.  I will agree, that, if you make a 'friend' of a French person it's usuallypretty stable one.  I must admit, when I first visited Rio de Janeiro, for winter break, I was starry eyed as well.  Everything and everybody was unique in every possible way.But one gets over this (sadly) fast when the realization sets in.  Real people withreal problems and real concerns and real lives…..

  52. Still we work too much. It has been proved by serious studies than if everybody work (something less than) 75% of what we currently do it will makes no change at all (on the total economy). Per exemple we produce too much and this is wasted, which has a cost…

  53. No bleached blonde hair (on women?)Wasn't Brigitte Bardot a bleached blonde?  Wasn't Jaqueline Francois (singer) a bleached blonde?

  54. I agree with you about bad restaurants. France is one of the top gastronomical country: great products and craftsmanship but it doesn't reflect on its restaurants. Most of them reheat industrial food.
    Even baguettes are industrial now.
    I guess it's because of the customers, in Italy if the quality isn't in the plate people won't come again, even if you have fancy decoration and a good view (except for tourists).
    Ce sont toujours les cordonniers qui sont les plus mal chaussés…

  55. No you're totally wrong saying hello to someone you don't know in Paris it can be seen very weird or impolite whereas in other regions of the South it's normal even for me it's a choc culturel lol

  56. Walking barefoot in town especially in big towns makes your feet dirty and in winter it's rather cold… but I did it once in Paris cause I couldn't stand my high hills shoes anymore ! Once home after 2-3 hours walking barefoot on the streets ans in the metro, my foots wheren't so clean !

  57. A "lot" of fraud here in France, fraud even for social care, whitch is known as generous, so administration try to sort it out, but as you say we need a modern system, its growing up. I lived between UK and France, France is always 10 years late

  58. coucou le premier l oreiller rectangulaire c un matelas ? pour la sécurité des biens les vrais français ne vole pas on a récupéré des gens de l est et d Afrique du nord je dis sans etre raciste c leur culture chez eux ! maintenant les enfants c bien fini la politesse je suis un jeune vieux a l époque tu disait bonjour merci au revoir sinon les parents bouuuu te retourné 2 bisous qui te laisser des souvenirs cuisant sinon bien ton décryptage merci

  59. These are very interesting observations.  The French sound a bit aloof. I would have a very hard time there.  I'm so laid back and a "do your own thing as long as it hurts no one else" kind of person.  I love the language though. It truly is the most beautiful of all.

  60. What about public urination?
    Is that aloud is New Zealand?
    I live in the US, public toilets are pretty scarce, especially around bus snd train stations.
    But you can get in serious trouble for relieving yourself in public.

  61. Being French and living in New Zealand… I have to say NO when it comes to your comments regarding food. Yes, there are heaps of Asian fusion restaurants in Auckland, and a little bit in Wellington. But you have a waaaay more diverse range in France! Even when it comes to Asian fusion.
    Aaand kiwi drivers are probably worse than us haha. (otherwise I pretty much agree with the rest of your comments)

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