For all the talk of infamous Parisian rudeness, I really can’t say i’ve experienced it. Perhaps because I’m staying slightly out of Paris it means that the people are politer….like West Auckland versus Ponsonby?
Everyone, and I mean everyone (even the would be car bombers) is so polite it’s slightly disconcerting. I’m not used to wishing shop-keepers ‘good day’ or have them say ‘thank you and goodbye madam’. I’m starting to have to brush up on my manners and say ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Bonsoir’ and ‘Merci’ to everyone I meet, even if I’m just passing them on the way out of the hotel.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just a cultural difference. I’m not used to people giving a rats ass if you wish them a ‘good evening’ or not.
Yesterday I saw a car chase and the police were informing pedestrians via a loud hailer that they were sorry to cause alarm and saying ‘Merci boucoup’ to everyone for getting out of the way. In NZ you’d probably just get run over.