8 myths about the French that just aren’t true


It’s true that the French have a singular culture and they are easy to caricature. They are easy to make fun of and put down. But as an expat living in France, I can tell you that there are plenty of myths that simply aren’t true. It’s time to make a few things clear and let you know the truth behind the rumours.

Myth 1: That they don’t wash

The French aren’t dirty

This one is absolutely untrue. The French take just as much care of themselves as any other nation – even more so. After all, it is where perfume and “eau de toilette” come from. There’s even a city in the South of France called Grasse that is famous for its soap. If you turn up to a party unwashed, you certainly won’t be welcomed with open arms.