Obion posted a funny strip about this well known and difficult French greeting: the bise. Women and children readily do it upon meeting someone familiar. Men, less so.
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serrer la main: give a handshake
serrer: to squeeze
je ne sais plus trop: can’t remember
toujours est-il que…: the fact remains that
alors que: while
éprouver: to feel
mettre à l’écart: to isolate
hanter: to haunt
vexé: offended, hurt, annoyed
je me suis rendu compte que: I realized that
culpabiliser: to feel guilty
dans un sens: in a way
ça fait un bien fou: it does a world of great, it’s revigorating.