26 Things French People Find Kind Of Strange About The U.S.

Weird but sometimes wonderful too!

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1. Waiters asking you if everything is OK all the time.

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In France, waiters will usually leave you alone even if you don't want them to – sometimes you will literally have to scream for help for them to notice you.

2. The obsession with icy-cold water.

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No matter the season, American restaurants seem set on serving only icy-cold water. My American friends told me that's because it's "more refreshing," but who would want a brain freeze in December??

3. Same thing with the AC.

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Why do you guys love the cold so much? And when you go from 90 degrees outside to 20 degrees inside a supermarket in the summer, isn't it a lil' bit too much?

8. The feeling that the consumer is truly king.

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A really refreshing and nice feeling when you come from a country where the consumer is pretty much always in the wrong. Wanna return something you bought in France? It's probably not gonna happen, and they don't care if the pants they sold you had a hole at the crotch; you should have looked closer.

11. Getting carded when you want to buy beer, even though you're already past 30.

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I couldn't even tell you what the legal age for drinking is in France and I don't remember ever getting carded there at any point in my life.

13. Proms!

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A tradition completely foreign to us, except for what we learned from Hollywood movies. Many French teens are actually pretty jealous about that one.

14. People wearing sweatpants outside of the gym, and flip-flops outside of the beach.

Parisians wouldn't wear flip-flops and sweatpants to take out their trash.

16. Baby showers, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners...

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You guys really know how to make use of any excuse to party and get presents. I respect that.

23. The price of French cheeses at the supermarket.

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Cheese should never be this expensive.

24. Being able to pay with your card without entering a code, just by signing a piece of paper.

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That doesn't seem super safe to me.