Thank you for asking Hanno White.
I recently spoke about it in the French Quora.
- In Germany, there is a culture of aversion to conflict.
A man or woman gains general respect through his or her ability to reach consensus and rally around him or her.
In France, on the other hand, there is absolutely no fear of conflict.
People tend to express raw opinions, regardless of whether they can shock or even insult someone.
It is part of the French culture of debate.
This may also explain why the Germans do not seem entirely sincere to some French people.
- French women are very often exposed to street harassment.
This is one of the consequences of the seduction culture in France, which requires men to take the first step and approach a woman.
Basically, men propose and women vote.
This obviously has the disadvantage that men who do this come in the most inappropriate contexts and without regard to the rest of the desired person.
On the other hand, when a French woman comes to Germany, she feels she can breathe again.
The Germans are generally much less inclined to seduce than their French neighbours, and there is therefore little street harassment.
On the other hand, and I checked it, almost all the French women I have seen in Germany became desperate and believed that the Germans do not like them, because they are too used to the men picking them up and not a Germanic man trying to do so.
There is even a song by a German band about it, which I think is called Aur茅lie (but I don’t know the name of the band anymore).
- A political party with the word Christian in name, and would pay taxes to the Church, would be unthinkable in France.
France is far too la茅queto make this possible one day.
- At Aldi and Lidl in France, you’ll see far fewer people.
- Overall, among the Germans I met, I felt a form of political retreat.
Most of them were completely indifferent to the political events in Germany or even to the forthcoming elections.
On the other hand, it is rare to meet people in France who are not interested in French politics and do not want to talk about it.
- In France, it is common to say dirty words.
It is even said that this is part of our punctuation.
In Germany, the addition of “shit” or “you son of a whore”, even if one is only annoyed by one’s computer, is much less common.
- For the most part, the French have a rather positive image of Germany.
You can hear jokes about the Second World War and the Nazis, but by and large we know that the Germans are no longer the same people as they were in the 1940s.
Moreover, Germany has become an important economic power, and there are many French newspapers that praise German economic decisions.
For a decade, we even had the concept of the “German model”, which prescribed us to carry out our own Hartz reforms.
On the other hand, apart from being a nice holiday destination, France is seen as a people of idiots who always complain or strike, who do not know how to work (ironically, the French work more hours a year and are, according to the OECD more productive than the Germans).
A big difference is the use of vocabulary.
In France we are talking about the ‘German-French couple’, while here in Germany we are going to talk about partnership.
In France, there is a kind of sweet and naive illusion that the two form a duo of friends, whereas in Germany one would rather ask whether there are not more serious people to replace France.
- Sorry, but we prefer Belgian beer.