When I moved [to Paris] in 2002, I rejected that view [that it was the world’s most unfriendly city]. I was determined to learn Parisian codes. I knew this city has a complex etiquette. I thought that once I’d learnt the importance of saying bonjour at every encounter, or of not walking into a restaurant demanding dinner at 6pm while wearing shorts, I would gradually break through Parisian rudeness. It was my mission.
More than a decade later, I can say: beneath the snooty unfriendly facade, Paris is a snooty, unfriendly city. I can even explain why.
Simon Kuper When a man is tired of Paris Financial Times Magazine Jan 26/7 2013