The French have for centuries been very proud of their sophisticated culture, their language and other accomplishments in arts, sciences and literature. French cuisine and French fashion clothing have always been a source of great pride for the nation. With the advent of time different attitudes and pursuits came up along with such elitist cultural attitudes. Despite their individualistic attitude the French are usually bound by some bonds that keeps then together as a nation. Material comforts are given due importancebecoming compatible with higher standard of living. Although most of the population is concentrated in urban areas but around 60% of the French prefer living in houses instead of apartments.
Interest in Sports:
The French are often sports enthusiasts being member of sports clubs devoted mainly to tennis, soccer, basketball and bowling games. Bicycle racing and soccer have become professional sports but horse racing and automobile racing are also quite popular with the French. The French Open Tennis Tournaments played at Rolland Garros Stadium in Paris attract international acclaim even today.
Social Life of the French:
The French people are very social and food still plays an important role in the French way of life. French generally enjoy eating, drinking and socializing in various cafes and restaurants found all over the cities and towns. Besides regional dishes, French cheeses, wines and chocolates have got national as well as international acclaim. Some
French dishes like a seafood soup called Bouillabaisse, quinches, crepes not to miss the French pastries and breads are all very popular globally. The general meal pattern of the French People is to have a light breakfast followed with a heavy lunch but dinner again is a light affair. Serving French wine with all meals is quite common. In recent times fast foods and frozen prepackaged are popular with both youngsters and adults.
Cinema, Music concerts, theater and dance festivals are also very popular and patronized by millions of French every year. Debating on politics, current affairs or foreign affairs is quite common at the dinner table or at drinks with friends. French will never miss any opportunity when it comes to discussing politics. The French generally read a lot and respect intellectual distinction. Festivals like Christmas, Easter, All Saints Day, Assumption Day and the religious feast day of Mardi Gras are all celebrated with enthusiasm all over France.
Holidays and Vacations:
French people are basically fun loving people and love to go for holidays and vacations. Most employees are entitled to five weeks of paid leave which they often spend travelling out of the country. August is a very congested month
being a popular month for vacations. The local French people prefer travelling by train than by airplanes. The experience of sitting in a tiny seat or in the bar of a TGV enjoying the spectacular view of the countryside and the Alps or the south coast of Spain is just invigorating. In fact holiday destinations are often chosen if they accessible by the TGV.