But we're not discussing rudeness, we're discussing snobbishness. Snobbishness requires the thought that one is better than everyone else (at least within a certain set of people), which isn't really a notion that is different. Rudeness can stem from snobbishness (you don't treat people well who are below you), or from many different things, but we're not discussing rudeness, just snobbishness.
It's probably best we properly define our terms, I agree.
Does your distinction change my essential point - that it is unfair to categorically define a group of people by a cultural perception in behavior?
Good point actually. I should have added in my earlier post "And likely to be encountered by foreigners" because Paris is such a tourist magnet and is the only part many vistors will spend much time in. I'm not sure it's any more representative of France in this respect than London is of Britain, or NY of the US, however.
Historically speaking, France is a byproduct of Paris. Paris is France. We're a highly centralized nation where Jacobinism is still prevalent.
"A man who only drinks water has a secret to hide from his fellow-men" -Baudelaire