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Double kiss to get a kiss-off in French town

A new association formed in the city of Brest sounds alarm over spread of double-kiss greeting

Paris: In Paris, two pecks on the cheek are de rigueur. Down south, three kisses are the norm and east of the capital four or even five may be in order. However, a mysterious movement in Brittany has claimed that the fashion for multiple Gallic kisses — a gesture called ‘faire la bise’ — has gone too far.

The group GRUBUB call the double kiss practice barbaric and dangerous and asked people to keep their kisses to a single cheek. Representation pic/Getty Images
The group GRUBUB call the double kiss practice barbaric and dangerous and asked people to keep their kisses to a single cheek. Representation pic/Getty Images

A new association formed in the city of Brest, in western France, has launched a Facebook campaign in defence of the single kiss. The group GRUBUB, which stands for the Group for the Rehabilitation of the Single Kiss, said it was high time to sound the “alarm over the exponential growth of the double kiss”.

“In recent months and years, this barbaric practice has taken a foothold in the city of Brest. It is difficult to know why, how and who is spreading this insidiously dangerous practice,” the group said in a statement on its website. “But it is not too late to react. Together we can reverse this trend.”

It urged defenders of the lone ‘bise’ in Brest to spread word about their campaign and “to politely refuse the second kiss” — not an easy task and one that can cause offence. A debate will be held in Brest on April 12 on the topic.

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