French Stereotypes: Vrai ou Faux

AKA, true or false. Basically, I’ve noticed some stereotypes of French people are 100% on point…but others just aren’t true at all.

EVERY MAN HAS A MUSTACHE………Faux 

Unfortunately, most french men I’ve seen do not have the typical “French moustache.”

EVERYONE CARRIES AROUND BAGUETTES……100% Vrai

Yep, even I have caught on doing this stereotype. I mean who wouldn’t want walk down the street munching on bread? Bringing this idea to UW.

EVERYONE CARRIES AROUND BAGUETTES ON A BIKE…..Vrai

Okay, not everyone. But still, we’ve witnessed a few…

PEOPLE EAT TOO MUCH CHEESE HERE…..Vrai

Thank god, this one is 100% true. Good thing my two favorite places in the world are obsessed with cheese. I do, however, miss my cheddar cheese a lot.

EVERYONE WEARS BERETS……..faux

The only people I’ve ever seen wear berets are tourists. Just don’t do it.

PEOPLE ARE RUDE………….Vrai et faux

I can guarantee you 99% of the people on the metro are grumpy and may actually push you on the metro. Just stay calm and don’t look American. However, in other situations they are usually nice to you. 

FRENCH PEOPLE WILL KNOW YOU’RE AMERICAN……VRAI

Even when we speak perfect French to them, wear all black, and try to look as Parisian as possible…they somehow have a super power of knowing that we’re Americans. Except for the one crepe maker who thought we were Swedish…works too. I mean, it’s probably our pink and green raincoats that stand out….

WOMEN IN PARIS NEVER WEAR SHORTS…..VRAI

Very true, even in 85 degree weather, Parisian women rarely wear shorts. I personally think they are crazy. Although, I have seen a few younger women wearing shorts….even though most of them were wearing tights underneath. Also, everyone still wears winter coats even when its scorching out. Makes sense Paris…..you just don’t know the Wisconsin it’s 50 degrees lets wear shorts way.

SOMEONE WILL TRY TO PICKPOCKET YOU……VRAI

Just be careful on the metro and know not all Parisians are looking to take your money. If someone asks you to a sign a petition, just say “JE NE PARLE L’ANGLAIS!” Simple as that.

FRENCH PEOPLE SMELL……VRAI

Okay, not all French people smell. I will blame this mostly on the metro and those select few who decide not to use deodorant. I mean, you come off the metro smelling disgusting no matter how many showers you took before. But on a normal basis, the French do not smell.

ALL FRENCH PEOPLE EAT ARE FROGS AND SNAILS…..Faux

Change that with cheese and bread and you’d be correct. Ahem, Patrick…

EVERYONE WEARS STRIPED SHIRTS…. faux

Pretty sure that fashion went out long ago. However, EVERYONE wears black.

PEOPLE CAN’T DRIVE………vrai/faux

Definitely just depends on the driver. The moped drivers are, however, insane.

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Posted on June 25, 2013, in Study abroad, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Love….love….love this one!! 🙂

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