Etiquette

  • Greetings Always greet/farewell anyone you interact with, such as shopkeepers, with ‘Bonjour (bonsoir at night)/Au revoir'.
  • Shops In shops, staff may not appreciate you touching the merchandise until invited to do so, nor may they be comfortable about you taking photographs without asking.
  • Conversation Tu and vous both mean ‘you’ but tu is only used with people you know very well, children or animals. Use vous until you're invited to use tu.
  • Sunbathing Topless sunbathing is common; nude sunbathing is acceptable on the more remote beaches.