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Latest update : 2016-01-14

French rules of etiquette: 'Bonne année' and ‘La bise’

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 14.01.16: This week we take a look at some of the rules of French etiquette - from how to say "Bonne année" to the dos and don’ts of doing "la bise".

We're well into the month of January, but you'll still hear people wishing each other Happy New Year - "Bonne année". French people take saying Bonne année very seriously and there are some cardinal rules you must follow.

Just like for saying Bonne année, there are rules for doing "la bise", the traditional - kissing - way of saying hello, goodbye and congratulations to friends and family in France.

"La bise" can be awkward and confusing to people new to France. Where do you put your hands? What side do you start on? How many kisses do you give? And what noise do you make? I team up with FRANCE 24’s Business Editor Stephen Carroll to bring you a crash course on "la bise".

Finally, we focus on another January tradition: king cake. Traditionally eaten on January 6 to celebrate Epiphany, king cake (La galette des rois) is enjoyed throughout the month. Not only is it delicious, it’s also fun! In each cake, there is a porcelain charm or trinket (la fève). Whoever finds it in their slice is king or queen for the day.




2016-06-23 France

Baccalaureate: The hardest high school exam in the world?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 23.06.16: This week we focus on a rite of passage for French teenagers: sitting the Baccalaureate, the national school-leaving exam commonly known as...

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2016-06-16 music

The evolution of French music. And Johnny Hallyday.

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 16.06.16: June 21st marks the annual celebration of music. During the ‘Fête de la musique’, pros and amateurs show off their talent and rock crowds...

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2016-06-09 France

France: Fashion capital of the world?

Shona Bhattacharyya steps in for Flo to analyse the underlying issues of the main controversies in France by replacing them in their political and historical context in order to...

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2016-06-03 France

France: A paradise for civil servants?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 02.06.16: France is famous, or rather infamous, for its never-ending red tape. The country is said to be a civil servants’ paradise. These...

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2016-05-20 French cinema

Why France shines on the silver screen

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Fri. 20.05.16: France is the birthplace of cinema. One hundred years later, the love of the silver screen is still very strong. The state has set up a...

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