vendredi 19 juillet 2013

Paris rude? Here's what they really think about tourists

Paris has launched a new kind of tourist guide: not a guide for tourists, but a guide to different types of tourists for the use of Parisians.

The intention is to encourage the legendarily gruff Parisian hotelier,  waiter or taxi driver to be polite to foreign visitors and not to assume that all nationalities enjoy the same things on their holidays.

How useful the guide will be is open to question. British visitors, it suggests, “like to be called by their first names”. Britons, it goes on, want all their activities to be “playful” or to take the form of games. “Les Anglais”, the guide says, insist on eating at the absurdly early hour (for Paris) of 6pm to 7pm.

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