Paris guide for tourists: the British informal, Italians impatient, Brazilians tactile

British tourists like to be called by their first names", Brazilians are "easily tactile", Italians are "impatient" and the Spanish constantly on the "lookout for freebies".

Here are some pearls of wisdom Paris tourist Board believe will help improve the French capital reputation rude, overbearing, unpleasant and aggressive in relation to 29 million foreigners who visit the city and the surrounding area each year.

British tourism

Tourist Council, along with the Chamber of Commerce of Paris, launched the guide and the accompanying website called Do You Speak Touriste?, offering shopkeepers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and taxi drivers from country to country tips on how to work with foreign citizens.

"The aim is to fight against the bad reputation welcome to Paris and the Paris region", - said Jean-Pierre Blat, General Director of the Paris region for tourism.

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13 Responses

  1. avatar Matt Quinn Says:
    June 22, 2013

    My daughter went to Paris on a school  trip when she was about 9... It put her off all things French seemingly for life.

    Can't say my own experiences of the place were much better. Like London, it's a place you go when you have to for business! NOT a holiday!

  2. avatar helpisathand Says:
    June 22, 2013

    The French hate you if you speak English to them, if of you try and speak french,(no matter how terrible it is) they usually will help you as best they can, most of the time replying in English.

  3. avatar mnewdick Says:
    June 22, 2013

    I remember finding myself in need of help in a Paris railway station and being relieved to find the "Information" booth open - replete with a "We Speak English" sign.

    I posed my question, but the reply was a little less than helpful ... "You English, nothing but questions", followed by the slamming down of the shutter.

  4. avatar thecountrysfiniished Says:
    June 22, 2013

    I asked a waiter once in Paris "why are you Parisiennes so miserable?" 

    With a Gallic shrug of the shoulders he replied "because we live in Paris". Enough said.

  5. avatar wanderingone56 Says:
    June 22, 2013

    When I'm in Paris I generally find Parisians to be polite and helpful and quite willing to be sociable.

    But then when I'm in Paris I try to be polite and helpful and willing to be sociable as far as my spoken French allows.

  6. avatar hellou Says:
    June 22, 2013

    If you go to Paris,buy a GPS because people don't know anything when you ask them for direction

  7. avatar torpenhow Says:
    June 22, 2013

    I have to say that I do not recognise myself under the British classification: I dislike intensely the current over familiarity where a semi-moron of eighteen years will immediately call me by my ginen name. I generally terminate the conversation at this point unless, I REALLY need something from them. I do not eat breakfast early and in Paris I skip it as it is all over by 09-00 hours. I willingly pay for a coffee at 11-00 a.m. Paris in my view is grossly over rated. Eating is monstrously expensive in the ecntre. In my late sixty something years, I have probably spent a total of 6 months in Paris. Henceforth, I shall be looking at the Bordeaux area. Typical drippy civil servants have made a hopeless assessment. Just how many hundred Brazillians go to pParis a year as tourists and not as minimum wage workers?

  8. avatar westerner Says:
    June 22, 2013

    The rudest people in the world are the employees of Air France at CDG Airport in Paris. I have always believed that they must be trained in it. In addition if they make a mistake, which is not infrequent, they find a clever way of loudly blaming you for it.

  9. avatar marianico Says:
    June 22, 2013

    I´ve only flown once with Air France from Paris and they were fine. However, I would say that the SNCF stations in Paris must set out to recruit the rudest people in France. Apart from that I find the French to be charming people

  10. avatar QueenEadburhTheTiny Says:
    June 22, 2013

    I have found that if you treat people, their customs and culture with respect, you will get along fine but if you go looking for stereotypes' well you will see what you want to see.  Been all over the world to every continent and found people are pretty much the same wherever you go, have met a few nasty people but you get that anywhere even back in the UK.

  11. avatar Paul Gray Says:
    June 22, 2013

    My partner and I went to Paris between Christmas and New Year.  We had a lovely time and the service was consistently friendly and polite.  Most staff also spoke pretty good English and did so with good grace when our poor French gave out. Frankly we were a bit dissappointed not to get any sniffy waiters!

  12. avatar foxenburg Says:
    June 22, 2013

    I remember as a youngster visiting Rio around 1969. I got on an empty bus. At the next stop this woman got on and sat next to me. I was so suspicious. But she just chatted as best she could since she soon twigged I spoke no Portuguese. There was nothing sinister or sexual. Just friendly and caring and curious. She got off a little later and waved goodbye. Very engaging people.

  13. avatar shropshirelad Says:
    June 22, 2013

    Did you know that paris counts other french visitors from outside as tourists so bumping up the number of 'visitors' to that 29 million mark purely for propaganda. If they were to count only overseas visitors that travel there by air/sea etc it would only be 7 million. If you were to count the same way for London it would get 35 million per year easily beating paris but we cant have that can we poor things. Why anyone would want to go there for the overpriced dirty and rude denizens beats me.

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