The French are said to be lazy and unreliable, but also difficult to meet, especially in Lyon.
Most foreigners do not understand the endless strikes in France whenever there is a social conflict in the country. Even the French living in Lyon complain about the strikes in Lyon public transport that occur regularly for many reasons. Another strike is already planned next 8th December that celebrates the city of lights and the Beaujolais Nouveau. Transport tickets are usually free for that special day in Lyon. So many people living in Lyon will not appreciate this strike. More and more affected people by the bad consequences of the strikes use the public bicycle services to go to work.
Unfortunately, the tourists on holiday are often trapped and their week holiday becomes a nightmare as they have to change their visit program or even cancel some visits.
What is more, they cannot rely on the French air transport companies that may go on strike when they just plan to move to France. Yet, transport measures have been taken to improve the public transport to get to Lyon, and then travel in the city. The Perrache and the Part-dieu railway stations in the center of the town are linked to the international Saint-Exupéry airport which is 2 hours from Paris by TGV high-speed train. It has become much easier to get to Lyon…, except on strike days.
In addition, the Lyonnais are said to be distant people who do not make acquaintance with people so easily. True, language is a first obstacle since they do not speak English. Does it mean they do not care about the other cultures? Certainly not. They are just very bad at speaking foreign languages, especially English, as the second language courses in the secondary schools with 25-28 pupils of heterogeneous levels prevents any relevant oral practice. The French even consider oral speaking as a taboo since the French culture is based on writing habits.
Today, the French living in Lyon are more aware of the language gap.
Some prefer to have their children in bilingual and international schools. Others are trying hard to create English-speaking sites and magazines to help the tourists and the international expats in Lyon.