French Stereotypes

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Stereotypes… Everyone loves to use it to describe others, everyone hates to hear one about themselves. So far In Europe Language Café we have discussed Spanish, Dutch, German and English stereotypes. In this weeks blog we will discuss what are French stereotypes! Let’s find out which of french stereotypes are true and which ones are false.

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French people wear berets

Yes, some people do still wear berets, but more as a fashion statement. Berets come from a Basque region in France and nowadays you can still see elderly people wearing them in that area. However, you are very mistaken if you think that every French wear berets on daily basis.

This stereotype is FALSE

French women never shave

Only not women that does not shave in France are elderly ones, because they just do not care what trends are popular in the world at the moment. According to survey more than 75% French women shave and 80% are against “all natural” movement. Even if women decides not to shave, there is no reason to judge it!

This stereotype is FALSE

French people wear striped shirts

The meaning of french striped shirt or its’ real name Breton is much deeper than you think! It was an official uniform of navies and 21 stripes on the shirt represent Napoleon’s victories. Coco Channel introduced stripes into fashion and nowadays it is still being associated with Parisian style, however not every french person wears striped shirt!

This stereotype is FALSE

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French people walk around holding baguettes

No matter where in France you are, small town or big town you will always see some people having a baguette in their hand. It is a true french stereotype and we believe that french people does not get offended by it!

This stereotype is TRUE

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The French smoke a lot

Very bad habit however is true between french people. In France you are allowed to smoke almost everywhere, except few places restricted by law. It must be a french thing, however we hope that soon enough this stereotype will change from true to false.

This stereotype is TRUE

French people drink a lot of wine

France has thousand of wineries and the wine there is super cheap, so we believe you can understand why this french stereotype is true. Everyone around the world evaluate french wine as the best in the world, so why not to be a proud french and have a glass of wine to your countries achievements?

This stereotype is TRUE

The french eat croissant for breakfast

French people love sweet food for breakfast and croissant is one of them. It is a perfect combination for breakfast with your morning coffee and we believe french people are not mad about this stereotype!

This stereotype is TRUE

Some of the stereotypes were broken, some of them were proved, but that is what makes France such a special place!

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Thank you for hanging out with Europe Language Café and see you in our next blog!

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