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How many kisses when greeting a friend in France by region?

How many kisses when greeting a friend in France by region?

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  1. a300600st

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I didn’t know this when I moved from a two-kiss region to a three-kiss region. It would be like moving and all of a sudden everyone shakes your left hand – it was very disorienting at first!

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  2. norahnerd

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I lived in France during my senior year of high school in northern Ardèche near Annonay, we only ever did two kisses but people like 30 min south of us did three. Definitely confusing at times

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  3. justafrenchasshole

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    This map is outdated. I lived in Calvados and Sarthe and it’s only 2 kisses. But it’s true for south-departments

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  4. LArlesienne

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    French Canadian. In Quebec, it’s two, but you only do it if one of the two people involved is female. Men just shake hands. Also, in a business setting, it’s better to shake hands regardless of gender nowadays.

    To be precise, it’s not actual kissing. You just put your cheek against the other person’s cheek and do a quick kiss in the air. You kind of hold the other person’s shoulders while you do it.

    Always start with the right side, otherwise it quickly become way more intimate than it should.

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  5. dinah_moe_humm

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Why does the scale go to 5? Unless I am missing something, I don’t see any 5s on the map.

    Am from Minnesota. We would probably be on the negative side of the scale.

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  6. willy_valor

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    United States citizen here. If I tried to greet someone by kissing them, I would probably get punched. Cultural discrepancies like this are always really cool to me.

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  7. Zogvar

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    French parisien here, on a side note people from the south start the bise with the other side, which is always confusing.

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  8. Historybuffman

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    When I visited France to meet some of my wife’s family, all of them tried to greet me with 4 in Paris.

    Introductions were halfway through and I was already tired of meeting them.

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  9. Alphykit

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    French here ; the problem is when you visit a new place in France it can get awkward the first people you meet… especially if you are used to do 3 or 4 and they just do 2…

    But the most awkward thing is that some places in France (east / south) they start the kisses on the right cheek whereas other places in France starts on the left side… I grew up in west of France (Nantes) until I was 15 then moved to east of France (Strasbourg) and a few times I would literally kiss people on the lips by mistake…

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  10. MomenFaisal

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Sometimes we do the same in arabic countries. Sometimes it’s 2 and at other times 4. 3 Rarely happens.

    EDIT : It varies a lot more from country to country than I thought.

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  11. Chimp-man-zee

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I live in Montreal and I have a Mexican wife with a lot of Mexican friends. The French in Montreal greet with two kisses, our Mexican friends greet with one kiss and English friends no kiss. Damn it’s exhausting just figuring out how to say hello.

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  12. cgb1234

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    We were in Paris and the owners of the boutique hotel we stayed at explained the ‘kissing rules’. I laughed, told them we hug in the US and thought kisses were just for close friends and family. Apparently they though the same thing but about hugging. Hugging was too close whereas kissing was just a small touching.

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  13. joshually

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I’m friends with a lot of drag queens and we’re all about the 2 kisses… but you can’t ever touch faces, because that’s basically akin to swiping your finger on the frosting before the cake’s been cut

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  14. Thrannn

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    3 kisses is the only right answer.. i dont like people who just kiss twice. Like wtf is that even supposed to mean?

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  15. MissBonny

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    There was a musical in New York a few years ago called Metropolita(I)n with a number about this. It’s interesting and confusing!

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  16. OverlySexualCellist

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    What interests me about this is how few of the departments around the 2-3 kiss border are more balanced. It seems very much like the kiss culture changes at the department borders. Can anybody from one of those areas confirm this?

    Edit: On second thoughts, it makes a lot of sense – presumably most of the voting population in this survey is concentrated in cities, not spread all across the departments. The kiss culture is presumably very different from one large city in 2-kiss-land to the next in 3-kiss-land, but more varied in between.

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  17. picklesareblue

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    As an American who lived in France for 2 years this maybe the one thing that is hardest to explain to other Americans.

    “Yes, not only is the kiss the cheeks greeting real, you do a different number depending on what region you’re in. Also, if someone arrives from another region you do it according to where they came from.”

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  18. DonMacaroni13

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    As a French, this is one of the most difficult things to repress yourself from doing in other countries. I nearly fell for it in Russia.

    Oh and I have some family down in the Var, and they do 3 kisses, I thought that was common there. Huh.

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  19. ViciousValentine

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Italian American here. We do it once but its basically just a quick hug while smashing your cheek to their cheek. Sometimes you say muah.

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  20. Slamwow

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I’m from the U.S. but was just in Paris not long ago and witnessed the 4-kiss greeting at the Orly airport. Some guy had just met up with his two friends and went through the ordeal with each of them…8 kisses in all! It took quite a while, haha.

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  21. JaWasa

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Haha! Awesome. Not too long after I posted to AskReddit about the tradition of kissing on the cheek for greetings.

    We are all connected.

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  22. peanutbutterlincoln

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Hungarian here. Here we do two, starting on the left. Some ppl do three, but its mainly among really close male friends. Ppl used to do three in 2005ish, but in the 2010s everybody kind of shifted to two kisses.

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  23. mmhci

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Even weirder in Lombardy; no kisses among males, just a handshake, 2 kisses when it’s male – female and anywhere from 1 to 3 kisses for female – female interactions depending on how fondly they think of one another.

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  24. Lordnizzz

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I hate the three kiss greeting, if you’re going to do three you have to do the fourth as well. My ocd demands cheek impartiality unless it’s just 1 kiss.

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  25. UpAndComingNobody

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I kiss cheeks of girls I’m friendly with in New York . Don’t speak for the entire US . We aren’t all germ-phobes . Oh yes and some gay boys too because they do that also . But we only ever one cheek . Right one . Hugs for usually close friends and fam but some people are just huggers by nature so we go with it.

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  26. jmdugan

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    here in the US we argue over coke, pop, and soda. same same

    ^^^^///s

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  27. JuntaEx

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Spent the last year in Brittany, it’s true they don’t kiss a lot, but they definitely still do. I was surprised to see it be almost non-existant on this map

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  28. Anonymous

    August 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

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