I hesitated to write about this next item on the list of French social etiquette because it
When seated for dinner, French social etiquette dictates
The controversial part though is the wine etiquette
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After much thought and discussion, I’m not sure what the point of this is, other than for the man to maintain control. Do we assume that the woman cannot control her level of drinking, so the man is “supervising”? Or is it supposed to be courteous, so that the woman doesn’t spill alcohol on her dress? Or it assumes that the woman is serving the food so the man should remember to serve the wine? This is at home, not at a restaurant, so I suppose this could be the case. But why doesn’t the man just serve the food instead? And it doesn’t explain why the woman can’t ask for more wine.
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The French woman’s solution
I suppose a French woman of a certain generation could instruct her partner (assuming her partner is male) to keep an eye on her glass and top up when necessary. A well-placed kick under the table also works. If not, there is always complaining on the way home, so that your spouse is aware for the next occasion.
Alternatively, I think you will agree with me, that this rule can easily
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