La bise, the typical French greeting, is something we British are not used to. When we see each other, we might kiss, or hug, or just look at each other and say hello. (There are no rules, so I suppose it's even more confusing for foreigners in Britain.) Doing the bise is a little bit confusing for us.
I remember when I first came to France, I was really shocked that I had to kiss people at work in the morning. In England, we would never do this! And leaving a party seemed impossible - did I have to really kiss every person, even the ones I didn't speak to? In England we just filer à l'anglaise! (By the way, in English, filer à l'anglaise is called the french slip.)
So here is a video about the French greeting, made by a British comedian living in France.
PS: Do not confuse the kissing on both cheeks with the French Kiss - that is something totally different!
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