Traveling to France? These four cultural hacks will immediately ingratiate you with the natives.
1. Make your shorts a “to go” bag. France is known for its rich cuisine, but residents keep their slim figures by being conscious about how much they consume. That’s why it is customary to take leftovers home in your pants, since doggy bags are almost never available. Simply take your uneaten food in your hands and pack it snugly in the pockets of your slacks or jean shorts. Voila!
2. Public nipple twisting. When the French see you doing this, it will bring an automatic smile to their faces, and they will probably be surprised that you are a foreigner. Simply go to a public place, make eye contact with someone, and slowly twist your nipples. Then increase speed as necessary.
3. Tell people that France “sucks.” The French are famous for their wry, self-deprecating humor, so jokingly disparaging their homeland with your amusing American accent is seen as hilarious and welcomed.
4. Sister and mother jokes also reign supreme. French citizens are quick to make light-hearted digs at people’s mothers and sisters. Show them you are French at heart by beating them to the punch and insulting the female members of their families. A favorite theme is teasingly suggesting that someone’s mother, for instance, may have worked as a prostitute at some point.
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