French manners: tu, vous and kisses

French people are usually more formal in addressing others than the British - and yet think nothing of kissing each other several times when they first meet.

Remember, there are two forms of the word ‘you’: the formal vous and the less formal tu.

The form you use depends on the relationship: for someone you do not know well, other than a child, vous is correct; tu being for friends, relatives, children, colleagues (depending on workplace) ...

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