I think the most lay-man’s way of explaining the French’s notion of Privacy, is that it is the opposite of how the Americas, and British view as the Public and Private Spheres. In France one is expected to always say bonjour when they enter, and au revoir when they leave due to the store being both metaphorically and possibly literary a part of the owner’s home. While in the Americas, and Britain the store is considered a public space that one can enter and leave as they please. Where good service is mandatory, unlike in France where you can only get good service if you follow the greeting and goodbye rule. Also the home is the most private even if one is invited there you are only allowed to be in the kitchen, living room, and possibly the guest room. Everywhere else is locked, where only the owners of the house may go. Where in the Angelo-Nations, almost every place is open and there might be a grand tour of the place. Also in France the back of the house is facing the street, and even then the curtains and/or shutters are usually always closed during the night. Unlike in America, and Britain where the front of the house is always facing the street. Also, in France couples are allowed to fight/ argue in public since they view that the relationship is strong enough to deal with the conflict. While in the Angelo-Nations again, fighting is only supposed to be in private, and that in public you are supposed to be in perfect harmony. Otherwise it is showing that the relationship one is in, is a dysfunctional relationship. Which also shows why the misunderstanding between the U.S and France during the UN meetings, as well as between a French-American couple.
French have a different approach when it comes to their privacy. French tend to be very strict about their privacy when visitors from different countries like North America comes to French. One of the examples of how we view different peoples from occupations and their names. Here in North America, we feel free to discuss a person name and what occupation job they do for their living. While in French, they tend to be very private about their occupation jobs. Another example of French privacy is the Bonjour/au revoir which is a ritual for securing goodwill for French. To address the ritual, Every employee of companies must do a routine of shaking hands of everyone when they come in and out. While in North America, we do not shake hands during our work. The only time we do that, which is in a business meeting or introduce to the person who new to the company or leaving the company. In today's world, money is considered to be the biggest issue in the United States, while in France, Money is considered to be the private part of France. France has all the goods, such as sports, fashion, and art, but the number one thing that France hates the most is money. France doesn’t mind the money, but it is the topic that many people do not want to talk about. No class in France dwell on the money than other countries, that term soon ending up being called the nouveau riches. If French does like the money, they would not use it for its advertisement. French is considered to be very private based on the topics. No wonder why France is old school, they tend to not talk about it in the past.