You might think because they kiss this means they are social... mais non, they find hugging personal, just as we find kissing.
Do you know how many people i kiss everyday? After kissing my husband goodbye every morning, i have to kiss my friend Fabrice, we go to the campus together in his car. Then once on campus, i have to kiss everyone twice on the cheek, sometimes trice. I still have to kiss everyone goodbye at the end of the day. In France, kissing your friends goodbye is as important as kissing them good morning. It's rude to simply say bye or wave.
|Hollande & the mother of his 5 children share kisses|
Photo credit : who-when-where-photo.blog.leparisien.fr
If you’re entering or leaving a group, you have no choice but to go around to each person and kiss him or her individually
In France, girls kiss both guys and girls upon meeting. Two kisses, which generally involves touching cheeks but kissing the air near the other person’s ear, once on each cheek. In Paris, they kiss three times and up to four in northern France.
Guys normally kiss girls only, they kiss guys generally only if it's a close friend, a family member or someone they haven't seen in a while. Guys mostly shake hands: a firm, strong handshake, looking into the eyes. If you are really happy to see the person, you may cover your handshake with your other hand if you are not familiar enough share a kiss.
Women shake hands in a professional situation, or if they don’t know each other at all, but move on to kissing very quickly, even at work among colleagues. For example, when you arrive at a party, you kiss people you already know and shake hands with people you just get introduced to, you become friends, socialize, and share a goodbye kiss when you leave.
French people don't do big bear hugs, moving close to hug, is getting too personal. You are going to shock the person who isn't expecting it. Kissing is part of the frenchies way of life. Fortunately most french people don't have mouth odour, they either smell of coffee, cigarette or perfum. They always put perfums behind their ears or on the neck...
|Une accolade entre François Hollande & Jacques Chirac |
Crédits photo : photo.gala.fr