Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Moving to France?

Here are some invaluable tips from the New York Times' Paris bureau chief.

Here's #3 on the list: The customer is always wrong! It is hard for French merchants to admit they are wrong, and seemingly impossible for them to apologize. Instead, the trick is to somehow get the offended party to feel the mistake was his or her own.

8 comments:

backpakker said...

awesome stuff ! reminded me of an essay in school I had read about the difference between the french and the british

sahil said...

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Rajshree said...

If you’re going to Fiordland, you’ve got to catch an aerial view of the place. You can either take a float plane or helicopter. Also, don’t forget to take a walk on the Milford or Kepler tracks and stay at the huts overnight. It’s unforgettable. http://100percentpure.wordpress.com/

Zhu said...

The customer thing is so true... I just got back from France yesterday and although I grew up there, I had an hard time to get used to rudeness and bad service again. That said, French are nice... just not when they work!

beaverboosh said...

Where is sheep burning on the list? You cannot move to France without being tutored in sheep burning!

Shantanu said...

@backpakker: :-)

@zhu: I haven't visited France yet so can't say.

@beaverboosh: sheep burning?? That sounds...horrible! Have to read up on this... :-)

Kate / Kajal said...

Hehe that was a good read. Thanks for the tips ... not that i'm travelling anytime soon to France , but good to know !

And abt the Hindu article ... yes pls send me a copy ... i haven't seen it , or even for that matter know that they've mentioned me ! mail me
kajal.phytosphere@gmail.com
thnx

Shantanu said...

@kate/kajal: I will email the scanned article to you today. :-)