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French People Asked To Smile

Also Asked To Stop Being Assholesfrench

The tourist board in France has asked that French people stop being so French because tourism has dropped 17% recently. They have finally caught onto the fact that people find the French unpleasant. The tourism board is asking that people smile more and stop honking and yelling at tourists for acting like tourists. They are also going to open a few luxury hotels. I’m wondering why it took them so long to realize that people think they are snotty and rude, I thought there was a universal understanding that French people are jerks. I’m sure not all French people are jerks but there has to be alot of asshole French for the entire world to think they suck. I hope it works out for them because if it does I’m going to start smiling more and asking people to pay me for it.


July 17, 2009 - Posted by | News You May or May Not Use | ,


  1. So I used to think this whole French people are assholes thing was just a myth…until I went to France. People told me as long as attempted my French they would be nice but they were total condescending pricks every time I tried to speak French. So fuck France I am never going back. True story.

    Comment by silent noodles | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. LOL. I’d love to go to Paris, but my husband categorically refuses.

    “I will not willingly go and pay money to be treated like shit.”

    Fair enough. At least I don’t have to worry about him leaving me for a dominatrix, right?

    Comment by SeaKat | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. My ex and I went to the south of France for our honeymoon about 10 years ago. I read up on the whole asshole thing and found that it’s mostly isolated to Paris. The article went on to say that the French are very proud of their culture and language, and that many Americans, probably due to their provincialism and ignorance of most things non-American, unthinkingly butcher the language. French people interpreted Americans’ behavior as ignorant and insulting and retaliated by acting like assholes. I suppose I would too if a bunch of furriners came over and said dooshy things about cheeseburgers and apple pie.

    Comment by WhoMee | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. WhoMee,

    Search for “worst tourists in the world”

    The winners? The French. Not Americans. Not Germans. (Which surprised me. If it wasn’t Yanks, I thought for sure it would be the Krauts.)

    So it’s not just Paris. And it’s not reaction to US behavior. Apparently, as Deimos said, the whole world finds them unpleasant.

    Comment by SeaKat | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. So, they didn’t ask them to shower regularly, too? Cuz, I hear they have issues. I’d take an odor-free taxi ride over a smile any day.

    Comment by Roxydarling | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. WhooMee: I have also heard the whole asshole thing is isolated to Paris…I have even heard French people say it. The thing is I went to French emersion school till I was 10 and I took French for 4 years in High school…so my French isn’t that bad. Would you treat someone like shit for attempting to speak English to you while on vacation? I know I wouldn’t. I just find it very arrogant to suggest that all foreigners should speak French fluently if they were going to visit France.

    Comment by silent noodles | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. Great point, sn!! And I have to point out that the “French Tourists Suck” survey (which was answered by more than 4K hotel owners in 6 nations) is that one of the major complaints (besides “cheap” and “always complaining”) was that they refused to speak English.

    That said, I’d still love to go to France. And if they treat me like crap, well… I’m sure that by then my English-to-French Dictionary will have the phrase “Meet me in the Applebee’s parking lot,” right?

    Comment by SeaKat | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. Oh, I’m not saying that everyone should speak French fluently. I just think the French are sensitive and arrogant about their language, so if you speak it badly, they’ll get offended and rude. I suppose they just take it personally.

    Comment by WhoMee | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  9. I used to live in Miami, where I worked retail. Before that, I always assumed that whole “The French are kind of a bunch of assholes” thing was a myth, too. Turns out, they’re douches when THEY come HERE, too. The most memorable were the ones who were pissed that I didn’t speak French.

    Comment by Sarah | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  10. Actually, I have to say that I currently am working for a client who is French. And he’s lovely. But he lives here, so maybe it’s just “French people suck when they’re tourists or in France. But they’re nice when they move to YOUR town” ???

    That’s kind of long to become an aphorism, though, n’est-ce pas?

    Comment by SeaKat | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  11. I went to France twice and they were nice to us both times! Maybe you guys deserved the rudeness.

    I’m sure that they get frustrated that they can’t understand broken french. Is everyone here nice to people when they can barely speak English? I’m not! I say “Speak American or get the eff out!”.

    Comment by Cristal Methodd | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  12. French tourists are in NOLA all the time. I generally loathe stereotyping people (except for UF fans not named Lisa #1, of course), but. My. God. People.

    Now Italians? They’re nice.

    Comment by Cait | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  13. CM, Damn girl! OUCH!


    Comment by SeaKat | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  14. hahaha, cristal methodd.

    Comment by stopthemadness | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  15. I’ve never been but my friend Daphne has been five times and swears it is her favoUrite place on the planet. She’s honestly never had a bad experience (even in Paris). She doesn’t speak the language, except for pleasantries of course. I don’t know, perhaps if you can somehow convey how much you adore the culture, cuisine and art they are ok? Don’t know. I’d love to go, but I don’t really want to go to someplace like France by myself. Also, wouldn’t really want to stay in Paris anyways, I’m more of a rustic bed and breakfast in the country kind of gal.

    Comment by blah | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  16. Actually, this whole conversation reminds me of how Americans feel about New Yorkers. Everyone talks shit about them. However, lots of people have wonderful things to say. I guess it just depends on your individual experience. I refuse to believe that a country that is full of wine, cheese and cassuoule is all bad

    Comment by blah | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  17. I still want to go to France. Rude people or not.

    I can understand why in a hot tourist spot like Paris, the Parisians may be rude to tourists. I get sick of them here in Vancouver and I sometimes want to kick at them in the back of the knees since it seems when people are on vacation they are oblivious to their surroundings and don’t know how to walk down a sidewalk without stopping in their tracks every 10 seconds to ooh and ahh at things nor do they know how to ride a bus. It’s like they don’t have sidewalks and buses in their own countries.

    Comment by rumoUr | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  18. rumoUr – OMG, YES!!! Slow walking, oblivious people definitely are on my “I HATE THINGS” list!!!

    Comment by SeaKat | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  19. When I went to Paris with a friend, we had tourists stopping us for directions…and French people too. I guess we blended in…

    that being said, we didn’t have any bad experiences with Parisians.

    However, there was a couple from Arizona who assumed we were French even after talking to us in English. With out west coast accents. We said where we were from (LA and Tacoma, respectively) and they actually said “no wonder your English is so good!”

    Um. Yes. Um. Wow.

    Comment by TheHobo | July 20, 2009 | Reply

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