Kissing: even the French get it wrong!

How many kisses ... and which cheek first?

Stiff upper lip is no match for the problem of the bise

A kiss is just a kiss, according to the old song – but for many foreigners (and even French people moving to a different region) a bise is anything but.

It can be a minefield.

Whether you give one, two, three or four – or even five for some people in Corsica – can be just the start of it. You must also start on the correct cheek.

So that friendly greeting can be a bit nerve-wracking.

Sorbonne Université linguist Mathieu Avanzi said there are several ...

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