Nothing it seems, divides opinion quite like France and the French. And when it comes to certain customs and cultures, nobody is left on the fence. Some curse La France and others say “vive la difference”, but everyone has an opinion. French culture and customs are so unique that they are the source of endless rows among expats who live here or people who know the country. So we’ve put together this list of ten things about France and its people that expats tend to either respect or reject, admire or abhor. Where do you stand? Find out if you’re a lover or a loather. What did we miss? Let us know what you love or loathe about France in the comments section below.

This feature first appeared in The Local – an English online journal for ex-pats and those who follow French affairs. To view The Local, click here.


EN GREVE ENCORE.It’s hard to love the tradition of “être en grève” (going on strike) when your train home is cancelled or you’re stuck in motorway traffic. You might feel French workers are greedy, having better benefits than most, but striking over anything and nothing. OR maybe you envy and admire how they stand up for themselves. Instead of whining to each other in pubs or online, they take to the streets in all weather, and try to actually DO something.

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