Whenever I am back in my hometown of London I’m often bombarded with questions about the French, as if they were a mysterious alien race.
“Do the French like cheese as much as we think they do?”
“Why do the French strike so much?”
“Do you think the French will like me?”
This made me wonder why the general population thought about the French, and Parisians more specifically. I took to Google to unveil your most googled questions about Parisians.
A lot of the results were expected (like ‘why do Parisians smoke?’) but unfortunately some of life’s more puzzling Parisian questions were not googled (like ‘why don’t Parisian girls want to be my friend?’)
I’ve taken it upon myself to use my extensive knowledge of the French, having lived among them for five years, to answer some of your burning google queries on Parisians. (I say some, as there were a lot)
Why do Parisians…?
Why do Parisians hate the eiffel tower?
As far as I know, Parisian relationships with the famous French monument have significantly improved over time. When the Eiffel Tower was first unveiled for the World Fair in 1889 it’s wrought iron design was heavily criticised. Famed author Guy de Maupassant used to eat in the tower every day and once quipped “It’s the only place in Paris where I can eat and not see that hideous tower.”
Nowadays, the Eiffel Tower has become inextricably linked with Parisians, and it is the most visited monument in the world. Thanks to its symbolism, economic value and sparkling beauty at night, Parisians are now naturally attached to their iconic landmark. (although surprisingly few have actually been up it!)
Why do Parisians hate tourists?
Because you’re loud, leave rubbish all around the Eiffel Tower and don’t try to speak the language when you’re here.
Ok that’s a generalisation, but so was the question.
Why are Parisians…?
Some interesting searches here, mainly centred around the Parisienne’s incomprehensible ability to both eat cheese, bread and cake whilst maintaining an impossibly slim waistline. With that said, let’s get answering…
Why are Parisians so thin?
I often ask myself this. I am no stranger to France’s delicious desserts and bewitching bread, and yet I do not seem to share a French woman’s dress size. This phenomenon actually has a name, it’s called the “French paradox”, AKA eating all the carbs you want and still staying skinny. I think it has more to do with a Parisienne’s mentality to being ‘plus sized’. There isn’t the general acceptance of being overweight like there is in Anglophone countries. The French don’t accept being bigger, so they avoid doing things that would make them this way. Everything in moderation and you’ll be on the right road to a French waistline!
Why are Parisians so mean?
This is only half true. And by half true I mean, only half of the population are mean (the female half). Just kidding, of course! Well…Actually…I have found it hard to make friends with French women. They are not particularly mean, however, that is just a stereotype. They just aren’t as ‘open’ to making new friends, this is because many French people have made their friends by the age of 25. When they make friends, they make friends for life. Which isn’t very mean at all!
Why are Parisians called frogs?
Because they eat them, I guess? They call us English folk “rosbeef”, a corruption of “roast beef”, the delicious meal often eaten on a Sunday by Brits. So I guess the old adage is right “you are what you eat”…
How do Parisians eat?
Alone, standing in a cobbled street with a bottle of wine in one hand and a worried-looking snail in the other.
What kind of question is this?!
How do Parisians dress?
Parisians tend to favour simple, neutral colours over anything loud and brightly coloured. Luckily for you, I wrote a blog post all about how to dress like a parisienne.
When do Parisians…?
When do Parisians go on holiday?
When you live in Paris you notice the general exodus of Parisians takes place in August. The city is a lot quieter and many shops and restaurants close down for the month.
When do Parisians eat dinner?
A lot later than I’m used to! In the UK I would generally eat around 6.30pm. If I am in France however, this time is usually pushed back to 8/8.30pm. If it is a big dinner with aperitif, desert and cheeseboard included I have been known to not finish the last course until 11pm (wild.)