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Many posters have complained about rude people on Malta, and it has occurred to me that we travelers may be overlooking some rule of good manners that might make the difference. I am thinking about reports of rude Frenchpeople, but I recently realized that we foreigners do not know that it is imperitive to start every interaction with "bon jour"; having learned this, I have not had even one rude reaction from a Frenchperson. Perhaps there is a similiar convention on Malta and Gozo. Any ideas?

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