Greet the Shopkeeper: Enough about dining etiquette. Your Mama raised you to come correct at the table. Doubtless, your trip will involve some shopping.
Upon entering a French shop be prepared to greet the shopkeeper. This isn’t 7-11 in Scranton, and the counter guy isn’t shouting a greeting to forestall your theft of a 5 Hour Energy. In France, the shopkeeper is likely the owner of the establishment. He or she expects this transaction to take place in the environment of a dialog. Your greeting acknowledges the service the shopkeeper provided by showing up that day. After all, he could be eating bread at a cafe’. What should you say? A quick “Bonjour, Monsieur,” or “Bonjour, Madame” is fine. Don’t forget to “Merci,” at the end. Every time you open your mouth or fail to do so, you color that person’s opinion of your hometown and the United States in general.