Oh, les Français. They’re elegant, skilled in the kitchen, and have a penchant for holidays, but how well do you really know them? Here are a few curious things you didn’t know about the French.
When I first saw a Parisian woman stuff a baguette with chocolate chunks and give it to her child for breakfast my mind was boggled. But it’s absolutely normal in France! C’est normal. Don’t mind if I do…
France has very strict laws to protect laborers, as surprising as this may sound for an American or anyone else for that matter. French people have two types of work contracts, a CDD which means a contract with a determined end date, and a CDI which is a contract with an undetermined end – in other words, you can work there indefinitely. It’s really difficult to fire someone in France, which is a wonderful safety net for the worker. The downside? It’s a bit harder to actually gain employment.
The streets may be crowded with cars, but the French (particularly Parisians) walk as they please. Hardly do you see pedestrians stop for traffic and look both ways before they cross. The street is theirs!
The French aren’t too keen on plastic surgery or heavy makeup. Bravo to them for keeping it real.
Oh yes! When it was first built, the wrought iron structure was not so beloved by Parisians. The “monstrosity” stuck out like a sore thumb from the quaint uniform Haussmann buildings and the French just didn’t like it. However, time heals all wounds, and the Eiffel Tower is now the symbol of the capital of France. It’s an icon, who can say otherwise?
In France, Easter (or Pâques) festivities are centered around family and religion, with many traditions and symbols coming from the country's Catholic roots. In fact, church bells play a very prominent role in the holiday here.
Becoming ill while traveling is undoubtedly an inconvenience, however, if you do get sick during your trip to Paris, in some ways you can consider yourself lucky. France's healthcare system is consistently rated among the top 10 in the world and it's also one of the most cost-effective.