parisian culture

anonymous asked:

Hello, I was wondering : is french culture just Parisian culture? That spread and imposed its culture to other regions of France? When has that happened? I'm really interested in that but can't find any pleasing answers on the internet. Maybe you have some links (even in french)?

Gosh, Parisian culture is actually non-existant. Media sell you a fantasy that makes the tourists wet their panties. People created this dream to make people come here and spend a lot of money like you’d go to Disneyland. We have pretty frontages for the tourists, and then there’s the real world that is meant to be kept away from the tourists. 

What is Parisian culture… Cafés and museums? When you get there, you’ll see that both are 80% filled with tourists. We have history, that’s true, we have architecture, but you won’t find this romantic and artistic ideal that is known to be “Parisian” anywhere. I honestly can’t define what a Parisian culture would be. For a culture to happen, you need traditions, in terms of languages, of customs, of gastronomy even. Paris is (to me) the place in France which has the less lively “culture.” History yes, culture, no. 

Truth is that the real French culture doesn’t interest anyone but the real French people. When you look closely, our cultures (plural because we have so many) are everything but “Parisian”. Where I come from, we eat tapas, we have fun at férias and we drink “Moscatell” (and not “Muscat” which is the real French word). There’s nothing “romantic” at selling the image of a French culture that is so Spanish-like. If you go to the west, you have all the celtic culture, the “breizh” culture (“Brittany” in Breton). If you travel east, you have all this rich german-north-influenced culture. French culture is also overseas, with l’outre-mer, with the Créole languages, and much more. This is the French culture. It’s the culture that is lively today as we speak. Every région has its traditions, its slang, its gastronomy, its customs… that all are perpetuated by younger populations. 

To give you few examples…. About the favorite French dessert/candy, if you ask the tourists, they’ll say the macarons of course! If you ask the French, it’s the caramel au beurre salé that comes from Brittany that is our very number one. If you ask tourists what they want to eat, they’d say “La blanquette de veau obviously, it’s French! Parisian!”. Our favorite dish is actually the magret de canard, which comes from the South. If you ask the tourists about singers, “Edith Piaf obviously!”. If you ask the French, they’d ay Goldman, Renaud, Barbara, Aznavour, Cabrel, Farmer, Bruel… Anything but Edith Piaf. Why is she so famous worldwide, because she did the nasty at Carnegie Hall and the Americans decided that she was the incarnation of France. These are very simple examples of what people try to sell you and what we, French people, truly like and perpetuate.

If you want to know more about French culture, you have to take a big plunge on Wikipedia and let yourself drift in French history. I’d doubt you’d find any general content about “French culture”. It’s so different, with so many aspects, with so many influences… It’s hard for me to summarize it with a few links. Just start by checking each région’s wikipedia maybe? And get books about the ones you’re interested in? 


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