Paris - breaking the stereotype

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Paris - The French capital's tourism authorities have set to shake the stereotype that Parisians are intolerant and downright rude with an etiquette campaign.

Waiters, taxi drivers and sales staff in the French capital all too often come off as impolite, unhelpful and unable to speak foreign languages say local tourism chiefs, who are handing out a manual with guidelines on better etiquette.

A six-page booklet entitled "Do you speak Touriste?" contains greetings in eight languages including German, Chinese and Portuguese and advice on the spending habits and cultural codes of different nationalities.

We asked you to share you experiences when visiting this world-famous city and this is what you had to say:

Ryan Pryce Lewis: Dont speak English there, speak Afrikaans. They love South Africa

Tebogo Donald CG Ntlapo: People need to understand Europe has its pride which I love about them, if you don't make an effort to speak their language why force them to speak yours or what you think should be a universal language.

Jacqueline-marie Gottfert: I absolutely Love Paris and all its people.

Leilani Muller Le Roux: I have been to Paris three times, and each time have had a most incredible experience!! The French have been nothing but friendly and helpful. Maybe they have started, without telling?!

Mariam Mohamed Sethi: Excellent experience in Paris. Friendly Parisians all around!

Saul Nxumalo: xynophobic attacks started there.

Dougie Fick: My experience is that out of the touristy parts of Paris, its really dirty.

Cakes Coetzee: This is honestly the truth! they really need to do something about their intolerance to any1 who doesnt speak their language

Phelo Kolobile:
So true! the people are so aweful and arrogant! They PRETEND not to speak English, had they worst holiday!!

Adriaan Stander: Came back from there two days ago. Yes, the communication is a major challenge (and is probably the route cause of the 'problem'), but in almost every case service providers were extremely helpful and friendly. We struggled to find the stereotypes people always link to them.

Chris Andrews: Better than being the most violent.

Melissa Amy Zwaneveld: Paris is the most incredible city, both times I've been there I found locals helpful and not at all rude.

Shirley Schoeman: I only encountered one rude person during my whole trip. Everyone else was really friendly and helpful. We even had a random stranger stop and help us with practical info regarding the metro routes. Overall Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and I definitely plan on returning.

Tebogo Donald CG Ntlapo: Very funny Jeanette lol

Tania Kim Preston: They are terribly rude and the other country is Berlin.....the most sour people in the world...will never waste my money going there!!!!!

Tebogo Donald CG Ntlapo: Met great South Africans on a tour bus Joggie and Teressa, we just had fun

Renaldo Van As: Before you go there,you must first take a crash course on how to be rude.

John Hunt: Tell that to the rude French kids visiting abroad...!

Tebogo Donald CG Ntlapo: Loved Paris and they were more hospitable and I don't speak a word of French then most cities in Europe, Italy takes the cake for being a rude bunch but also a great country all round

Francois Van Heerden
: It's not Paris that is rude. It's the French!

Janine Olivier Scorer
: They need to get rid of their arogance then things will change they think they are better than the rest of the wold local rural french also dislike parisians as they also say they are just arrogant fools

Andre Van Staden: miserable load of people, been there a few times, its far from special! its tacky and filthy as well as seedy!

Natalie Soine
: This is true - from experience I would say that they are the most rude and arrogant people. However, I have not met every single Parisian and there are also many South Africans that are just as rude.

Shirley Meyer Jenner
: I can only wish for ANY experience on a Paris day...

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