Betty on the News: French Stop Kissing Amid Swine Flu Fears
The H1N1 epidemic is the death of tradition
You know things are getting bad when the French decide to keep their distance. The cheek-to-cheek smooch known as “la bise” is being pushed aside due to the H1N1 epidemic.
Because winter is swiftly approaching several French schools and companies have advised students and staff members to refrain from the social tradition.
The French southern hemisphere is currently seeing the worst of it, as it is already wintertime in the South Pacific island of Nouvelle Caledonie. Local officials report that seven people have died so far, and that 35,000 cases of swine flu have been reported overall.
The mayor of Guilvinec, located in France’s western Brittany region, spoke with FoxNews.com about the no-kissing policy.
“I asked the children not to kiss anymore,” Helene Tanguy disclosed during a phone interview. “I felt that the protections sought – to wash hands regularly, not throw used handkerchiefs around, and not cough any old way – had no meaning if we let the kids keep kissing.” (FOXNews.com)