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The Culture of France

  1. 1. France<br />By Michelle Saunders<br />
  2. 2. Greeting in France<br /><ul><li>Greeting people you don’t know- say your name only
  3. 3. Say “bonjour” (hello) without the bisou (air-kiss) if you don’t know the person well or not friends with them
  4. 4. Women greeting men or women they know - kiss the right cheek to right cheek and left cheek to left cheek
  5. 5. Men greeting other men they know - only shake hands</li></ul>(Kwintessential)<br />
  6. 6. Gestures<br />-To show that someone is crazy, put your <br />index finger to your temple and turn your <br />hand back and forth<br />-To promise or swear to something, place <br />your hand on top of your head<br />-To apologize or indicate that you've made a mistake, cover your mouth with your hands<br />-Signal a taxi by snapping your fingers<br />Gesture: Form a circle with your thumb <br />and forefinger and place it over your nose <br />Significance: A person is drunk<br />Gesture: Playing an imaginary flute <br />Significance: Someone is talking to much <br />and is becoming annoying<br />(Nickles, Greg)<br />
  7. 7. Languages <br /><ul><li>Official language of France is </li></ul>French<br /><ul><li>88% of the population speaks</li></ul> French<br /><ul><li>75 different languages in France
  8. 8. 24 of these languages are European
  9. 9. Rest of the languages include languages from the South American, South Asian and Caribbean regions
  10. 10. The policy of France ensures </li></ul>that the citizens of the country <br />communicate in French<br /><ul><li>Many French people can speak </li></ul>at least one foreign language<br />(BBC Home)<br />
  11. 11. Religions-Roman Catholic 83%-88%-Protestant 2%- Jewish 1%-Muslim 5%-10%-unaffiliated 4%-Roman Catholic church is under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, curia in Rome, and the Conference of French bishops(Whittaker, Andrew)<br />
  12. 12. Eating in France <br />Breakfast: Consists of coffee, tea or <br /> chocolate with croissants and bread with butter or jam<br />Lunch: Served from noon until 2 pm<br /> -Can consist of a five course meal or a <br /> simple salad or sandwich <br />Dinner: Served from 7:30 pm onwards<br />-Usually a leisurely event, time to spend with the family or with friends<br />Tipping: Tips are usually included in the bill, which ranges between 10% and 15%<br />-Not expected to leave a tip on the table<br />(Whittaker, Andrew)<br />
  13. 13. Dining Etiquette and Table Manners<br />-Not allowed to bring any friends or pets without asking <br />-Fork is held in the left hand while knife is held with the right hand when eating<br />-No elbows on the table<br />-Cross fork and knife on the plate with the fork over the knife if you’re not finished eating<br />-Leave wineglass nearly full if you do not want more<br />(<br />
  14. 14. Dress Etiquette<br /><ul><li>Dress with care
  15. 15. Fashion-conscious
  16. 16. Good quality accessories
  17. 17. Men wear dark-colored conservative</li></ul>suits to make a good impression<br /><ul><li>Women wear either stylish suits or elegant dresses in soft colors
  18. 18. Clothes are elegant and classy
  19. 19. Backless long dresses and elegant blazers
  20. 20. Look down on sneakers</li></ul>(<br />
  21. 21. Weather and Climate<br />Weather is determined by the balance of power between oceanic weather systems from the west, and continental anticyclones from the east<br /><ul><li>South along the Mediterranean - Mostly sunny days throughout the year
  22. 22. Southwest - Fairly sunny, wet spring, and summers can get very hot and humid
  23. 23. Northeast - Cold and mostly rainy falls and winters
  24. 24. Northwest - Mild summers and winters with rain mixed in
  25. 25. Paris - can get extremely hot in the summer with very little wind to cool things down</li></ul>(<br />
  26. 26. Wedding Traditions <br /><ul><li>Ritual Bath
  27. 27. Everything is white
  28. 28. Inside the Church, the couple stand beneath a silk canopy
  29. 29. Outside the church, laurel leaves are laid down as a bridal path
  30. 30. Bride and bridegroom toast each other from an engraved, two-handled cup
  31. 31. Chiverie is a wedding night prank</li></ul>(World Wedding<br />
  32. 32. Family values and relationships<br />-Each member has certain responsibilities and duties<br />-Extended family provides support<br />-Practical approach towards marriage<br />-Few children<br />-French people are private <br />- themselves around family and close friends<br />-Friendships have requirements<br />(Kwintessential)<br />
  33. 33. Holidays and festivals in France<br /><ul><li>The French enjoy 11 national </li></ul>holidays annually<br /><ul><li>Bastille Day (July 14th) was </li></ul>incorporated in 1789<br /><ul><li>Armistice Day (November 11) was </li></ul>incorporated in 1918<br /><ul><li>Labor Day (May 1) was </li></ul>incorporated in 1935<br /><ul><li> Holiday’s nearly every week in the month of May</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Many regional festivals throughout France
  34. 34. Every French citizen is entitled to 5 weeks of vacation</li></ul>(Nickles, Greg)<br />
  35. 35. Activities in France<br />-Fishing<br />-Hiking<br />-Cycling<br />-Horse riding<br />-Golfing<br />(FrenchEntré<br />
  36. 36. Government<br /><ul><li>Centralized government
  37. 37. President is elected for a five-year term
  38. 38. Semi-presidential system
  39. 39. Based on the French Constitution of the fifth Republic
  40. 40. Declares itself as "an indivisible, secular, democratic and social Republic"
  41. 41. The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament</li></ul>(Sait, Edward McChesney)<br />
  42. 42. Transportation<br />Air<br />-Approximately 478 airports <br />-All major cities in France have <br />airports<br />Car<br />-Approximately 500,000 miles of serviceable roadway <br />-Paris region has most dense network of roads and highways <br />Public (Metro/Tram/Bus) <br />-Railway network of France stretches 19,000 miles <br /><ul><li>All major tourist attractions can easily be reached</li></ul> (<br />
  43. 43. Works Cited<br />1. BBC Home. Languages Across Europe. Copyright 2010 BBC. Accessed Online March 1, 2010. <br /><br /> <br />2. Transportation in France. Copyright 1997-2010 Accessed <br /> Online March 1, 2010.<br /> <br />3. Etiquette in France. Copyright 2004-2009 Accessed <br /> Online March 5, 2010.<br /> <br />4. Weather and Climate. Copyright 1995-2009 Accessed Online March <br /> 12, 2010.<br /> <br />5. FrenchEntré French property, Living in France, Holidays in France, Property for sale in <br />France and France rentals. Copyright 2003 – 2010 FrenchEntré Accessed Online <br />March 7, 2010.<br />6. Kwintessential. France - French Culture, Customs and Etiquette. Copyright 2010 <br />Kwintessential. Accessed Online March 3, 2010.<br /><br />7. Nickles, Greg. France the Culture. Copyright 2000. Ontario: Crabtree Publishing Company.<br />Pages 75-81.<br />8. Sait, Edward McChesney. Government and Politics of France. Copyright 2009 General Books.<br />Pages 38-43.<br />9. Whittaker, Andrew. France: be fluent in French life and culture. Copyright 2008. New York: <br />Thurgood Publishing. Pages 120-124. <br />10. World Wedding Wedding Customs in France. Copyright 2002-2004. Accessed<br />Online March 20, 2010.<br />dding_customs.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />