If you have inadvertently kissed someone on the lips while attemping to give them a French bise, then you know the struggle involved in this incredibly strange tradition.
I know I have.
I was in 9th grade, my good friend Murielle was leaving math class early and, when attempting to give me two little smacks on the cheeks to say goodbye, we both turned our heads in the same direction and kissed on the mouth. We were 15 and laughed so hard about the mistake that we still talk about it 15 years later. When it happens with your best friend, you laugh it off, but when it happens with you father-in-law or your elderly neigbhour, it’s pretty darn embarrassing.