French blague humour: you’ve gotta laugh

Hairdressers can make your hair curl with the names of their salons – even in France. But French people love terrible jokes, Samantha David says

France is a funny place. Wherever you look, whichever way you turn, there are wry commentaries, jokes, puns and terrible shaggy dog stories.

One of my favourites is the sign that you still see painted on café walls: Mieux vaut boire ici qu’en face (You’re better off drinking here than over the road). At first glance, it’s not side-splitting, but where I live the café is opposite the church.

Coiffeurs are also very keen on jokes and often use bad puns when naming their shops.

I’ve spotted hairdressers called Adult’hair, Inter Planet ...

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