Tell us: What French taboos must you never break?
Like all countries, France has an unwritten set of rules which, if you break them, risks making you a social outcast.
While in Britain you are likely to be harshly judged for the cardinal sin of queue-jumping, the French are often happy to push in to a queue, but might be taken aback if you fail to say bonjour in the lift.

Likewise turning up at the pool in incorrect swimwear, asking someone to stop smoking on a café terrace or demanding butter with your pre-dinner bread are all likely to get you at the very least a judgemental look in France.

But what other French taboos have you come across?

Do they vary from region to region and have locals told you what you're doing wrong?

Tell us your experiences,


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Please give some examples of French taboos that you have experienced *
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