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French Manners

Parisians have a notorious reputation for being arrogant, snobbish and downright rude. The truth, however, is that they are misunderstood. Their arrogance is more often pride and self-respect; the snobbery, poise and perfectionism and the rudeness is, well, quiet reserve. Proper behavior is instilled in Parisians from the moment they begin to utter their first words. Their upbringing is strict and expectations for proper social conduct is resolute. Parisians behave as they have been taught and while that may seem rude to an outsider, it is simply a code of behavior.

In fact, Parisi…