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French etiquette

A guide to French etiquette and manners

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The French have some very formal rules about manners and etiquette. Avoid embarrassment with this guide to French etiquette and French manners.

Top restaurant in France

The French-expat food affair: British chef named 'best French village cafe'

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A small cafe run by a British expat was named France's best village bistrot, on the heels of Marks & Spencer supermarket being named one of the best for takeaway food in Paris. Is this the start of France's expat-love food affair?

The French dress code

The French dress code

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All you need to know about the French dress code: never wear shorts and leave the sweatpants where they belong – at home.

Angry French

How to annoy the French

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If you really want to annoy the French just mention you're a vegetarian or practise your poor French with them, says French native Morgane Croissant.

French gift ideas

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

11 unbelievable French laws that exist today

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Did you know serving ketchup at schools – the 'incarnation of Americanism' – is banned, as is calling a pig Napoleon. Find out more weird, strange and funny French laws that exist today.

Turning Parisian: How to use Anglicisms like the French

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Can the Académie Française save the French language from English words? At least they can create Anglicisms and claim the words as their own.

French education

The French way to educate that everyone should learn

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There's little room for coddling and praise in French education yet children aim for academic achievement and behave – is the secret the French way to educate?

Life in Paris

The truth about Paris no one tells you

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Paris is known more for being the most romantic city in the world than for its urine-scented streets and dog-eat-dog metro system.

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

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If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!

Practical French vocabulary: Chez le coiffeur

Practical French vocabulary: Chez le coiffeur

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Even fluent French speakers sometimes have to ask: Comment dit-on…? Our French teacher gives you practical vocabulary for getting your hair done in France.

Addressing teachers

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

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Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

New Year's resolutions

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

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As an expat it's more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Expat Christmas

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

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Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.



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