In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter | France Travel

February 19, 2015 7:43 PM

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In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter | France Travel

“Even City Hall is telling us to be more smiley,” confided Bernard Migneau, head waiter at Le Petit Machon, a Paris bistro a few blocks from the Louvre. “We are all experiencing real pressure from L’Office de Tourisme to be cheerier and chattier—more American.” He reflected for a moment. “But it isn’t going to happen tomorrow.”

The much-maligned and often misunderstood French waiter is an inscrutable breed unto himself, distinguished by his pokerfaced elegance, tangible pride, easy authority and incontrovertible expertise. Though his profession in its most traditional form is under siege by the creep of sartorial casualnes...

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