French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world.
They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite.
"It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language," Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info.
"The French don't go abroad very much. We're lucky enough to have a country which is magnificent in terms of its landscape and culture," he said, adding that 90 per cent of French people did their traveling at home.
"So when they're on holiday they can be a bit stressed, they're not used to things, and this can lead them to be demanding in a way which could be seen as a certain arrogance."
French tourists are also accused of generally spending less than other nationalities when abroad, informs Reuters.
According to BBC News, Japanese tourists - seen as clean and tidy, polite, quiet and uncomplaining - came top for the third year running.
US tourists also got top marks for generosity, as the biggest spenders and tippers.
Britons came second for their overall behaviour, politeness, quietness and even elegance - second for dress sense only to the Italians.
The model Japanese were followed by Canadians as the least likely to whinge when a trip goes wrong.
France's rivals for the world's "worst tourist" tag, Spaniards and Greeks, came near the bottom of the pack in almost every category.
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