French Society & Culture
Food is one of the great passions of the French people.French cooking is highly refined and involves careful preparation, attention to detail, and the use of fresh ingredients.It varies by region and is heavily influenced by what is grown locally.
French Family Values
The family is the social adhesive of the country and each member has certain duties and responsibilities.The extended family provides both emotional and financial support.Despite their reputation as romantics, the French have a practical approach towards marriage.Families have few children, but parents take their role as guardians and providers very seriously.
Relationships - Public vs. Private
The French are private people and have different rules of behaviour for people within their social circle and those who are not.Although the French are generally polite in all dealings, it is only with their close friends and family that they are free to be themselves.Friendship brings with it a set of roles and responsibilities, including being available should you be needed. Friendship involves frequent, if not daily, contact.