43 thoughts on “The “French kiss”/La bise

  1. When my relatives visit from Italy, it’s much the same. I don’t think that I’ll ever get used to my male cousins trying to kiss me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The video was very funny!

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    1. Oh yeah, the Italians and the French are very similar like that! In fact, I believe the whole “men kissing other men relatives” is even more of a thing in Italy. I’m glad you enjoyed it (and identified) as much as I did Rob ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. We get into the habit early on Matt, so it doesn’t seem strange to us until we leave the country and realise people are a lot more chilled elsewhere. After living in England for so long, I find it very hard when I go back to France and I have to do the whole kissing thing again โ€” I’m always like, bloody hell, “not another room full of people!” when I arrive somewhere! Lol

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  2. I hate to say this but when I was in Paris
    I did what ever the hell I wanted
    Had the best time of my life
    All I ever heard was stories about people they knew in the states
    I made everyone speak to me in English
    I’m telling you
    I didn’t want to leave
    I had the guy at the flea market run after me because I didn’t want to pay his price
    The second day I was there I had this deep philosophical conversation
    About life with this shop owner
    I don’t believe I ever kissed anyone
    I can’t wait till all this craziness is over so I can come back

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  3. Oh, we do something similar in Croatia, too. But a little less and mostly girls. There is also the rule that in Croatia people kiss each other two times, and in Serbia three times. But we often shorten it to just one, at least where I live. We’re a bit lazy. XD

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  4. That does seem like it will get tiresome very quickly! On the other hand, it seems like an effect way to make sure that everyone in the room is acknowledged by everyone else. No way to blank someone you don’t like in France! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. You can’t blank anyone, no. But it *does* get tiresome really quickly! Even when I was still living in France and didn’t know any different, it used to drive me mad how we had to kiss everyone, all of the b****y time! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. Discovered this online earlier this week and had a good laugh cause it applies here too. If there’s an American or an English Canadian in the room, the panicked look that comes over their face for hello’s, goodbyes, and thank you’s is hilarious.
    For the record in Montreal it’s two cheeks, starting on the left.

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    1. Well, you can’t blame other people for finding the whole thing crazy! And it can be a minefield depending on which region people come from, etc… In Burgundy where I come from, it’s also two cheeks, starting on the left…unless you’re older and then it can be 3 or 4…that’s what my grandmothers do…I think 4 kisses is strictly a grandparent thing though in Burgundy ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. I guess if you endure it daily you would get enough, but kiss only our loved ones and dearest friends and then lightly on one cheek, a hug is good. *-)

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  6. I also grew up in the habit and on top of that studying, travelling and making friends with people from cultures of kissing. I live in a very conservative culture now, so I am stressed because I can’t kiss anyone. I thought the video was quite accurately describing what I’m accustomed to. There are so many rules but I’ve grown accustomed to them. You’re lucky you’re not Spanish. Then you’ll have to kiss me on the lips.

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