Are Parisians friendly?

They certainly have’t been living up to the rude reputation so far…

We were pleasantly surprised to find someone helping us with our luggage without asking for a cent! While figuring out the way at the Metro, a stranger happily gave us directions. Nice guy!

While on the streets of Paris, we stopped a couple to ask them the way, they immediately took out their phone map, and helped us out. Of course our pronunciation wasn’t perfect :-) but they figured out which street we wanted to go to, and showed us the way.

So what gives? Do Parisians just have a bad reputation (created by us!)? We have always heard that they are horribly rude and pretend not to know English when spoken to. We were pleasantly surprised to find that people in Paris were quite helpful and managed to speak a few words of English or two.
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