French people abroad get withdrawal symptoms if they are not offered enough bread to eat. Breakfast traditionally consists of a‘tartine’, which is a long ways slice of baguette with butter and jam. In a restaurant at lunchtime a basket of bread will be put on the table. In the evening soup is accompanied by bread. I have spoken to my students about this and one sighed and said, ‘Yes, it’s true, we eat bread all the time. My father expects bread to be on the table even if the meal is pizza!’ If you host a French student, make sure you offer bread with every meal.


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