Discover the Culture of France
France is noted for its cosmopolitan, civilized approach to life, combined with great concern for style, fashion and appearances. French people are sometimes perceived as taking a great pride in the national identity and positive achievements of France, although many French people would argue that all nations tend to do that.
The French address each other with formality, calling each other Madame, Mademoiselle or Monsieur, this may seem very formal to outsiders, but to the French people it is a way of respect for the individual and a French way of life. It is also expected that social interaction should be preceded by a bonjoir or bonsoir greeting, even in shops or on the street. If one fails to abide with these rules, you are considered rude.
Most of France's population used to be Catholic, and this is reflected in the calendar of holidays, which mark several major Catholic celebrations. With the declining importance of religious practice, many of those holidays have lost their religious meaning in the general population.
July 14 is a national holiday in France, known as Fete nationale or simply as Bastille Day. Military parades are held early in the morning, the largest of which takes place in the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic. Many French cities hold fireworks during night and the firefighters usually organize dancing parties.
The French have many festivals during the year but most of them usually take place in summer. The Cannes Film Festival is mostly for directors and stars, but provides good people watching. The tour de France is the biggest sporting event in France and although you might not be participating, you will still enjoy the hype. A Vineyard Festival celebrates the grape harvest with music, parades, and wine tasting.
Paris has been a center of commerce, culture, and conflict for centuries - and in the midst of it all, this city became the Western world's symbolic capital of romance, revolution, heroism and hedonism.
France is considered as the world's capital of art, considering that is amongst others home to the famous Monets and the Mona Lisa.
Nightlife and Music in France is something of utmost pleasure and indulgence. France's reputation for live music is impeccable, its world music is second to none, live jazz continues to be excellent, and there's an almost limitless choice of classical music, opera, comedy, drama and dancing performances in the numerous theatres of France to choose from.