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Good – and that usually means formal - manners are considered important – and you’re expected to conform.
When entering a shop or restaurant or meeting someone, do say Bonjour Madame/Monsieur and always start any conversation in French. The response will usually be more friendly, however limited your language skills.
You may not be accepted by everyone immediately but start by making few cordial contacts and goodwill can spread. The more so if, even as a part-time resident, you show willing to become part of the community.
Outside big towns the custom is still to eat a main meal at lunchtime so most restaurants open strictly between 12 and 2pm. Many shops close for a long lunch then stay open into the evening but supermarkets have longer opening hours.