It’s a cliche that French people are not the friendliest, particularly to tourists, particularly to Americans. And even though it’s a cliche, France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius is urging his fellow ressortissants to be nicer to everyone.
According to the Telegraph, France is preparing to launch a tourist investment fund to boost tourism numbers. So naturally, the country wants its people to be more welcoming after a report showed that French people have a “difficult relationship” with service and other people. “Studies show that our performance in terms of welcome is below par,” the report said.
Foreigners voted Paris the rudest city in Europe on TripAdvisor.
But that should all change by fall, when visitors will be greeted in English with “Welcome to France!” when they are in train stations and the likes. “Tourism is a national treasure that needs to be protected, nurtured and developed – that’s the aim of all these measures,” Fabius said.
Well, let’s see how this goes! Head over to the Telegraph for more information.