We all have preconceptions of what people are going to be like based on where they live. For example: “Everybody drinks tea in England” and “Ah you’re from England! Have you met the Queen?” So are the Parisian stereotypes really accurate and “ooh la la”, or are they actually “ooh, no no” ?
1. “PARISIANS ARE SUCH SNOBS” FALSE.
Whilst I was warned that there would be several rude people, who would ignore your very existence, I have luckily not encountered these so called “snobs” in Paris. People tend to be very happy and friendly. Students are a different story- most of them seem a bit indifferent, which is quite intimidating at first, because you get the impression that they just don’t like you. But the students we speak to are super friendly.
2. FRENCH MEN ARE EXCEPTIONALLY ROMANTIC. TRUE/FALSE
If romantic = being really sleazy and gross, then yes, French men are romantic. Okay, maybe sleazy is a bit too harsh, but they are really forward, and it is a bit uncomfortable. In the true sense of the word, I wouldn’t know if they are romantic, but the stereotype of Paris being “the city of love” definitely strikes me to be true- there are loved up couples everywhere!
3. PARIS IS BEAUTIFUL. TRUE.
You cannot help but fall in love with this city. You can find beauty everywhere.
4. EVERYBODY SMOKES. TRUE/FALSE
Well I can’t say it’s true, because of course everybody doesn’t smoke- but it definitely feels like it. Smoking culture is definitely huge in Paris. So much so that at the end of the day, you find yourself smelling like smoke. Let’s hope we don’t return to the UK with a nicotine addiction…
5. EVERYBODY SPEAKS ENGLISH. FALSE
Not true! It does feel like most people do speak English, but it is actually not the case for everybody. You’re in France, so embrace the French language!
6. BERETS, EVERYWHERE. FALSE
I haven’t actually seen a person wearing a beret yet… I think that says it all about this stereotype! Berets and striped shirts are not staples of a French wardrobe.
7. MEN IN PARIS ARE PERFECT. TRUE
My friends and I always spot a good looking French bloke- it’s becoming a serious talent. I mean, it really isn’t difficult. You see about 30 good looking guys just on your morning commute. That’s only a small part of the day…
8. WOMEN IN PARIS ARE PERFECT. TRUE
You’ve got to hand it to them- they always look very presentable! Whilst they’re dressed for the front cover of Vogue, you’re dressed for what, in comparison, can only be described as some sort of circus…
9. FRENCH PEOPLE SMELL. FALSE
Found this stereotype online and just chuckled for ages- I haven’t noticed a single smelly person!
10. “APPARENTLY THEY WALK AROUND EATING BAGUETTES.” TRUE
This is the one I wasn’t expecting to be true, but it is. People literally carry their baguettes and eat them on the street. It genuinely makes my day when I see this.