What are some common national pastimes in France?


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Question by spellbound_wind_miko: What are some common national pastimes in France?

Are are people hating? I just need come help with my assignment so respectful people or people that are ACTUALLY Frech, please answer.

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Answer by dawnsdad
Surrendering to the Germans.

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A long time coming and my main motivation for recovery from the accident last year, the plans have evolved a little but we’re still going ahead with this.

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8 thoughts on “What are some common national pastimes in France?”

  1. Complaining, talking about the weather, soccer, not working, vandalism, going on strike, marching in the streets for more benefits, vacationing, racism, eating, honking the horn, yelling, scheming, going to the open market, antique shopping, swap meets, walking, bicycling, reading, and did I say Complaining?

  2. The French are very family and friends orientated so that they do like gathering with them at the week-ends, often to eat tasty meals during which they chat and discuss everything from politics to personal matters. Religious people go to their place of worship at the week-end. Receiving guests lavishly for meals is common and all the stops are pulled out from beautifully embroidered tablecloths to best china, and cooking is considered an extremely important skill. There are masses of good restaurants and people enjoy taking all the family for a meal out, especially for special celebrations such as anniversaries and birthdays.

    The French follow sports avidly: football, tennis, horse racing, ice-skating etc… depending on the season and their personal preferences, and even go out of their way to cheer the famous cycle race the “Tour de France” that takes place every year in the summer. Young people do all sorts of sports from rowing or wind-surfing to ab-sailing or climbing. In the mountains there is skiing, toboganning or paragliding. Amongst older people the game of “boules” is particularly popular and in many places you can see groups of senior citizens who have gathered to play in public squares or parcs. If the weather is good people go for walks (or to the beach if they are near the seaside).They like gardening and DIY. If the weather is bad, older adults resort to cards, dominoes, Scrabble and children have various indoor board games such as Monopoly, but people also watch TV or spend time on their computer. Many women still like all forms of needlework such as embroidery or knitting and it is not uncommon to see even fairly young women knitting on the beach as they chat with friends or relatives. You can see many people playing volley-ball with friends on the beach too.

    The same facilities exist in France as in other countries: stadiums, sports centres, outdoor tennis courts, cinemas, concerts, theatre or shows etc…In the summer there are lots of festivals which can be folklore or local gatherings, fetes and fairs, pageants or religious processions, competitions, dancing in the open air and fireworks on the 14th July (which is the national celebration day). In the spring they have carnivals, and in the autumn there are festivities to celebrate the harvest, the end of the grape harvest in regions where wine is made, and at the seaside they have ” fishing festival”, “herring festival ” or “oyster festival” . In the South they have flower festivals with floats entirely made with masses of blooms and flower battles. There also are religious processions on certain holy days such as Pentecost or the 15th August which people go to see even if they do not participate in them.
    There are Arts and Culture festivals all over France, many specialised exhibitions, food and drink fairs, art and craft markets, open air concerts, majorettes and wind bands, costumed events, aerial displays etc… where everyone goes and enjoys a good time.

    Every town has a rich past so that local museums, castles, or activity centres are full of artifacts or interesting things which people take their children to see. Last and not least people read and spend time on personal hobbies such as art or craft work, playing instruments, music, sport, dance (anything from traditional folk dances to break dancing) or drama clubs, etc…
    Culture is highly respected, and the French do not enjoy total idleness even when it is their free time. They chat and interact with others in multiple ways and really know how to have a good time without indulging in excesses or creating affrays.

  3. Heads-up as well, when you stop anywhere in France put both feet
    down…..or expect a fine….I noticed it mentioned a few times and i’ve
    had a colleague of mine fined for it also (Ironically ignoring him speeding
    when coming back from Holland!) Idiotic I know! Good luck, I’d love to be
    able to do the same but I think I’ll have to wait a year or two at least!

  4. Got my sub on this one brother, I really really enjoy riders that are into
    touring and traveling by motorcycle. Safe riding and can’t wait to see the
    aftermath! =)

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