This is a typically French ritual and it bothers foreigners, unaccustomed to so much proximity. It’s so complicated that it must be explained : by what cheek begin, should we ask the lips… with a map of France, because the ritual varies by region. There are even websites dedicated to find how many kisses do when traveling in France : 2 in Paris, 3 in Montpellier, 4 in the North… These sites are based on the survey of web users :
On combiendebises.free.fr, it’s not even possible to reply zero ! Annoying ! Because for me, except between close people, between tender friends and other intimate people, that does not happen. And even between close people, I practice more naturally hug that this damn kiss, too complicated to be spontaneous. In group I warmly greet in the wings.
This is hardly better on combiendebises.com where when selecting "0", you still have to indicate by what cheek start (because all the form fields are required). However, I learned that only 1% of this multicultural city of Paris yet do not kiss.
I am always surprised when a stranger leans toward me with his lips before… Yuck ! I can not get used. On the contrary, the more time passes and the more it seems to me inappropriate. No doubt I’m more cosmopolitan than Frenchy. Here is one [*] that expresses my feelings in a remarkable sequence shot, funny as much as accurate in his observation of this annoying custom :
In the employment context, it’s even more rude. Having come into intimacy with strangers, by kissing them, is unbearable. See this as a mark of courtesy beyond my comprehension. When I can’t escape, I grudgingly force myself, by passing in zombie mode and grumbling inwardly against this intrusion into my personal space. So I have great respect for those who have the elegance greet contactless.
Because I’m not the only one that bother. Based on comments and other reactions to this video, and avoidance strategies observed daily — including the famous "nah, I do not kiss, I have herpes" — you are several to which the “bise” dislike. Ah, if we could resolve to end the imposed kiss… How many kisses ? Zero ! And best wishes :)