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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in France?

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We asked people in France if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"It is important to remember not to make sudden physical contact without permission and to maintain a certain level of personal space. Making fun of the French language should also be avoided. Furthermore, dressing too casually and being discourteous or impatient in public can be seen as a sign of disrespect. Refraining from speaking loudly and using offensive language is also critical for avoiding cultural faux pas. Finally, always show politeness and gratitude by greeting people, learning a few local phrases, and using proper etiquette when dining," said another expat in France.

"Oh God yes! I once asked a guy about making a local dish. He told me his mother made the best. The next thing I know we're on his little moto going to her house -- where she gives me a cooking lesson, feeds me, and we spend the night learning why the local wine is better. People here are really nice, outgoing, sharing. If you break through the first barriers, you've made it. Another time I asked someone where they got a really nice shirt, the next day I got an all morning shopping tour," wrote a member who made the move to Pezenas, France.

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