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I am American but lived in Geneva, Switzerland for half my adolescence. My french is not perfect by any means but I get by. I have been abroad many times and am an extremely open-minded person but Parisians ARE rude. I never see anyone smile. If you smile they look at you like you're insane. I have been lost in the metro and no one would help me, and as a single woman living by myself, men are overtly aggressive - I know they think they are flirting but when I am stopped every ten minutes by some guy it gets extremely irritating. I really do like Paris, but the people can be obnoxious - and hypocritical. Many of them talk about french equality and America's evils but they don't even the see the excessive racism and imperialist thinking in their own country.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2009 on The French are so-o-o-o rude! at Francofile