FRENCH ENCOURAGED TO BE CIVIL
France has slipped to number three on the tourist destination list. Hoping to reverse the downward trend, the tourism minister offers has some tourist-friendly suggestions for the hospitality sector:
Be the first to say 'bon jour' when faced with a tourist.The French being civil to foreigners? Ain't gonna happen.
Do not throw the change on the counter. Be patient in transactions.
If you do speak some English, do not pretend you don't - be brave, and generous, and use it.
If tourists try to speak some French, be patient.
Postal counter workers should wear flags showing the languages they speak.
Hang a 'bienvenue' sign on your shop door. An added 'welcome' or 'willkommen' doesn't hurt.
If none of the above is possible, then smile.