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French Etiquette is a set of codes that combine politeness with body language. Courtesy is inseparable from a certain deportment that governs the main principles of French style in business or private relationships.
What the French call ‘savoir-vivre’ – otherwise known as French Etiquette – is, like the country’s cuisine, part of what makes France famous all over the world.
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It is true that decorum has been an important part of French life for centuries (we are, along with the Chinese civilization, considered among the most courteous people on earth) and, by the beginning of the 16th century, the first treatises on politeness were already appearing, formalizing in writing our codes of good conduct.
One of the best-known of these treatises is ‘A Handbook on Good Manners for Children’ by Erasmus, published in 1530 and written for Henry of Burgundy, son of Adolphus, the Prince of Veere. A little later, Henry III of France would order the composition of the first book of etiquette for the French court, and in 1661 Louis XIV would write ‘Memoirs for the Instruction of the Dauphin’.
While etiquette was, for a long time, the prerogative of the nobility, the rudiments of politeness and decorum were nevertheless transmitted to ordinary people through servants. In the 19th century, it was the turn of the bourgeoisie to start following certain codes, laid out in the Baroness Staffe’s famous book, ‘The Lady’s Dressing Room’.
Today, French Etiquette in the 21st century has of course changed, and it has also become simpler.
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