City of Love, Or City of Discrimination & Intolerance?
Talk to a Parisian over dinner and in one breath he will adamantly oppose Le Pen and the anti-immigration policies of the National Front and in the second breath he will complain about the Asian and Arab immigrants failure to ‘s’integrer’ into French life.
Here was one complaint overheard, “When the Chinese come into my friend’s shop, they never bother to say, “bonjour”. They just walk in, look around, and walk out again. That’s very rude.”
It doesn’t take much to receive that unwanted label: “mal-eleve” or badly brought up.
Walking into a shop without aknowledging the person behind the counter is about the worst thing you can do in France. In smaller shops, it is almost the same as walking into someone’s private home.
Several years ago, an advertisement by one of the mustard companies shows a school child bringing home for lunch a fellow schoolmate of Asian descent. Discovering the wonderful taste of mustard is the basis for multicultural understanding and harmony – is the underlying message of the advertisement.
Undoubtedly, sharing a meal together is the first step to understanding.
Invite a friend to lunch or dinner today.