Tonight's my last evening in Lyon (until late June) and I read with interest A Guide to the French. Handle with Care. from the New York Times, and the commentary on a blog by an American resident in Lyon.
Since I'm only a semi-frequent visitor, not a resident, I only have limited experience with what's mentioned in the original article.
1. Look in the rear-view mirror: The French are obsessed with history.
During my last visit to Lyon Israeli President Shimon Peres paid an official visit. I was walking with a colleague past the police cordon and I asked him if there were a lot of foreign politicians who visit Lyon. He said, No, because at the time of the French revolution....
5. Kiss, but Be Careful Whom You Hug: The ritual double “bisou” — the two-cheek kiss — takes some getting used to.
See previous entry: decoding the kiss
I haven't hugged any French people. One time a person who has become a very good friend of mine recounted a personal story which brought both of us to tears. A powerful and touching emotional moment. But we didn't hug.
6. Don’t Wear Jogging Clothes to Buy a Pound of Butter
7. Feeling Sexy Is a State of Mind, or: Buy Good Lingerie
See above re the elderly women closely examining panties in Monoprix.