“I guess it just underlines one of the main differences between Anglo and French cultures….when we meet someone new, we tend to look for anyway possible to connect with them, whereas as the French just….dont.”
Or it just shows that in France, personal is personal and not blurted out the first time you meet. Try putting the shoe on the other foot. You’re at a evening class and your supposed to listen to everyone’s personal information and remember it. At least in France you’re not swamped with stuff that isn’t part of what you’re learning about!