Have you ever wondered if stereotypes are true or not? Stereotypes are a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or the idea of a particular type of person or thing. In other words a generalization of one’s views towards a particular group of people or objects. Now that we got the definition out of the way lets continue with the stereotypes towards the French that are true!
The French are impatient.
This one was a lesser known stereotype but it is true. Most French people like to keep themselves busy (ALWAYS) they need to be moving if not they are “wasting time.” This manifests itself when talking, walking and driving. They need cut conversations short to move to another subject, they walk pretty fast it is more like speed walking, and they drive fast and recklessly. There have been several incidents when I’ve been at a stop light and as soon as it turns green a car behind starts to honk.
The French do protest.
If they don’t like something they will round up people that share their same beliefs and protest!I saw many when there was the presidential campaign against their super right-winged candidate, Marine Le Pen. A lot of people opposed her so people protested. When politics is not involved it is usually about work or environmental/energy issues. They do care what happens to themselves and the earth.
The French do not know what personal space is.
No matter where you are you will always get random stranger very close to you.When I first arrived and I went to a store for the first time it was a little unsettling how close people were to me. The distance between me and a stranger was, I kid you not, around an inch or two. This stereotype is the one that astonished me the most.
The French cannot speak English well.
We’ve all heard that thick French accent when they speak English. That is the few that can actually speak English. Based on a study done by Eurobarometer in 2012 they concluded that only 39% of the French population can speak English.The website does not state if it is fluent or not.
The French always eat a baguette, cheese, and wine.
That is true, traditional French people in every meal(except for breakfast) have those staple ingredients in their table. Having the honor to eat at a French families house; I’ve concluded that their typical diet includes: a side dish, plate paired with wine, cheese, and dessert. The baguette is used to clean the plate from its sauces. So, next time you have a piece of baguette don’t eat it alone or with butter. Instead, try eating it with you plate leftover sauce to feel extra fancy.