Shopping in France is a way of life, whatever it may be for.

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Shops in France will usually be open from 9am to 7pm Tuesdays to Saturdays – with a break from 12pm to 2/3pm for Lunch. You will soon discover that little is open on Mondays. Smaller shops can only be open for those five days a week, but larger supermakets and hypermarkets will usually be open throughout lunch and on Sunday and Monday morning. Sundays can be variable, but you will usually find the bakers open throughout the morning for everyone to get their daily bread on their way home from church.
 
In the rural areas, shopping is very sociable. It is normal to enter a shop and say ‘bonjour’ to both the owner and the other customers. The French tend to keep a relatively personal relationship with their local shopkeepers, believing that they will get a better service if they do so.

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