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Saturday, 4 July 2009

French Kisses

Sometimes One Is Too Many
How Many Are Enough?

By Daniele Thomas Easton
Junto Staff Writer
After 30 years in this country, I still do not have a clear answer for my American friends who get ready for a trip to France and wish to avoid cultural faux pas: how many times does a French person kiss the other's cheeks?

The study conducted by Gilles Debunne may help you as long as you can adapt geographically... because the norm (one, two, three, even four kisses!) fluctuates according to French regions.

Here is the map:


My advice to you? Come and learn with French and American revelers at the Alliance Francaise Bastille Day Celebration.

For information call 2157355283 or register on line www.afphila.com/events

Daniele Thomas Easton, a Junto staff writer, is Director of France - Philadelphie. 'I am from the North of France, we kiss four times,' she notes).