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"I'll Miss the Pleasant Service"

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So said my French friend after checking in for her return flight to France - having just dealth with another pleasant clerk and after three weeks of dealing with friendly American clerks, cashiers, waiters, etc.

She then explained that in France clerks and staffers are just not friendly but do their job perfunctorily. For the American traveler going to France you too may find the reserved stance of folks you encounter in business, etc and should realize this is the French tradition and is not necessarily rude as folks often call it.

Just view the formality as a cultural trait and don't take it personally - some French at least also find to rather cold.

In any case don't take it personally!

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