The traditions and culture of the French state are an attraction for foreigners. So for those of you who are interested in French culture or planning to live there, here is some interesting information about this beautiful country
In France, most of the population speaks French. They also have very high pride and loyalty to the official language of the country. So, despite being located in Europe, French people don’t like to speak English.
Even though in big cities they are used to English, French people don’t like to be spoken to in English without being asked if they can speak English. So it’s better if we ask first with the sentence Parlez-vous Anglais? (parle Vu angle – do you speak English?)
Apart from using French as the national language, about 3% of the population speaks a German dialect and a small proportion speak Flemish and Arabic.
People living near the Italian border speak Italian as a second language. Likewise, people living on the Franco-Spanish border usually communicate in Basque.
In France, people generally behave politely and tend to be silent. People are also expected to speak calmly, especially when eating in restaurants. If you are invited to dinner, try to bring small gifts such as flowers, a box of chocolates, or candy for the host.
It’s no secret that France is famous for its fine food and wine. Besides being delicious, French food is also expensive. This is because the French value food so much that any food is made to look special. Each region in France has its specialties adapted to local ingredients, for example
•The farm blood of Normandy and the Atlantic coast is famous for its seafood, apples, and dairy products such as butter, cream, and cheese
Southern France usually uses olive oil mixed with butter and other traditional dishes such as fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and spices, rosemary, or oregano.
•The area of France that borders Germany loves to feature warm meat dishes, cabbage, and other types of German-influenced food.
Paris is known as the fashion center of the world. Many top fashion houses are based in Paris, such as Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. The French are also accustomed to clothing styles that are fashionable, luxurious, and look professional. French fashion styles include dresses, signatures, long coats, scarves, and berets.
The manner of dress is also highly valued in France. While living in France, we will be required to always look presentable with quality clothes.
French art is everywhere, especially in Paris and other big cities. Gothic, Romanesque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles of art can be seen in buildings throughout the country. Many world artists whose work was inspired by the city of Paris, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro.
In Paris, there is one of the largest museums in the world, the Louvre Museum. In the museum, various legendary works of art are stored, such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo paintings.
In French, the most popular greeting is Bonjour (bongzyur) which can mean hello or good morning and evening. You can say it to anyone and anywhere, even with people you don’t know. When you enter an office, shop, cafe, or want to buy a ticket, you can use Bonjour as an opening sentence.
There is another form of greeting that has become a French culture, but is inappropriate for eastern Indonesian culture, namely a kiss called “la bise”. French men or women used to do this to their close friends. This kiss is also usually given to new people introduced to their environment, for example, the introduction of new employees.
- Culture at work
The business culture in France tends to be formal and they respect hierarchy. When introduced as new employees, they will address with Monsieur (master) or Madame (madam). Shaking hands while looking into the eyes will give a good impression when getting acquainted.
Don’t talk about personal issues at work. French people respect privacy very much and rarely talk about personal life at work.
That is France, even though it is a modern western country, they are used to upholding high manners and ethics.
Hopefully, this article provides an overview of French culture and is useful for those of you who want to live or just visit France