i do not tip in France
I don't know how you meant this, but you must know tips are included in the check you are presented with, in that country. Â And I would agree that it can happen that service isn't as an American would expect. Â It can often result from cultural misunderstandings, as I have observed. Â On the other hand, no matter how bad service can be in France, I still prefer it to the busybody, always in your face, American waiter (waitress). Â I don't include the better restaurant in either country for this assessment.
Service has nothing to do with not tipping in France, the normal meal I have found in a fine restaurant in any place in Europe is expected to be 3 hours, the reason I do not tip in France, is as you said it is included and not normally expected...although I believe the tradition is taking a bit of a change from people who have traveled to the US and now are beginning to expect some small tip...I do tend to find myself leaving something small on the tables in other countries, why I am not quite sure, but not like I would in the states. As to the in your face, I much prefer a waiter to be courteously attentive to my dining needs more like the waiters in the states are, not pushy, but attentive, water, empty plates etc. I believe the cultural differences in the waiters comes to a simple term, understood more in the US than any other country, and maybe it is a demand from the people of the US, "SERVICE", a waiter here earns thier pay, they do not make a high wage, they generally work on tios, therefore they feel the need to do more to earn more...unlike the service in many European restaurants outside of the fancier ones.