Survey Reveals The French Seen as Worst Tourists in The World

According to a survey of over 4,000 hotel owners throughout the world, the French are considered the worst tourists in the world.  The survey was conducted by polling company TNS Infratest for the  Internet travel guide Expedia.  What makes them the worst? 

"It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language," Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info.

"The French don't go abroad very much. We're lucky enough to have a country which is magnificent in terms of its landscape and culture," he said, adding that 90 per cent of French people did their traveling at home.

"So when they're on holiday they can be a bit stressed, they're not used to things, and this can lead them to be demanding in a way which could be seen as a certain arrogance."

French tourists are also accused of generally spending less than other nationalities when abroad.


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Just would like to add a comment here. I'm french, so I feel like a little concerned about that article.

I totally agree on the fact that french people are (maybe by far) the worst for speaking foreign langages ...

But I think that "arrogant" stuff is more like an urban legend or made up (or maybe i'm a french arrogant douche and don't even notice it).

I agree with Jonzu about the fact that many parisian people, or living in some other "tourist traps" in France are just a buch of sufficient assholes, thinking that they are living in the center of the world and that everything else is just crap.

In France they're people living IN Paris, and people living OUTSIDE this city, and don't get me wrong ... most of the time they (really) don't like each other.

Most of the Frenchs think about the same of american people : arrogant, selfish, noisy, too much patriotic, always hugging each other or even strangers but shocked when you made the kiss on the cheek, ... But you got to travel there (that's what I did) to realize that, if you "come in peace" and with a smile and just ignore the stupid people, you always find out the true nature of the people.I went to Boston last weekend, guess what ? I just loved the people living there.

Man, that was a long comment ... Apologies about that ! And apologies for all of the stupid french tourists !
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It's funny, it's always a matter of perception. I went to Thailand and Vietnam and there the worst tourists were considered the American and the Germans. Considered without class, unable to adapt themselves to the local food and customs and being rude with the supposed fact than everybody should be english speaking wherever they go.

They prolly should interrogate the locals instead of the hotels, but heck, that would prolly bring a sore truth to some tourists and prolly a loss of money in the longer term.

Im not french, but I know them. Parisians are the worst of the lot, but in the country side, frenchs are very friendly in general. Paris is a tourist trap, avoid it.
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@felixthecat - "but the French? Arrogant, rude, obnoxious, demanding, even belligerent."

Yup, that's pretty much what attracted me to my wife (plus she's smoking hot, and who care's what she's yelling, in the sexy french accent it all sounds good).
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Does anyone else find it odd that the complaints this study has about French tourists abroad, are the same complaints the French seem to have about tourists in their backyard? (esp. the language thing) - maybe this is just a worldwide conspiracy to show them what's what?
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