You don't need to have traveled to France
to be familiar with the French concept of laissez-faire
A phrase, which translates to "let it be" amongst economic scholars, references the way in which governments should, in theory, let an economy take care of itself. "Hands off," essentially.
Despite being an academic term rooted in economics, many travelers to France
might argue that this laissez-faire
mentality has permeated everyday French culture in that sometimes it seems the French people simply can't be bothered with petty concerns.
"Do what you want, I don't care, it will take care of itself." That sort of feeling.
Often times American travelers, in turn, wrongly label this as laziness. While the French versus American culture debate will have to wait for a different day, there simply are aspects of French culture that Americans will never understand.
Of course, there are also things that us Americans do that the French view as curious and weird. For example, many French people I know find it inconceivably odd how casually American's drop the word "love" (as in "OMG I love U" to a casual acquaintance or saying how you "love" someone's new shirt).
Regardless, I, for one, am a fan of the French laissez-faire
. One place I often notice this "couldn't care less" mentality is whenever I am wine tasting in France
. Unlike California's Napa Valley where wineries have the audacity to ask for $20/person for a tasting, many times at French vineyards there isn't even a tasting fee at all.