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French Etiquette! "Bonjour Madame or Bonjour Monsieur!

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There is always the advice that when in France you enter a small shop or store or bakery you should right away make with a rather loud "bonjour madame" or for a man "bonjour monsieur" - this is what I was taught and the de rigueur thing you have to do - but tourists often don't know this - but now according to a French friend who is visiting it is perfectly OK to just say "Bonjour" - leaving out the madame or monsieur - a bit easier for the tourists and this lady says now satisfies the protocol.

And of course you must say "au revoir" or good-bye when leaving - that remains the same - kind of pronounced "o -vwa"!

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