FRANCE: I Kiss Your Hand, Madame

Since August, when a picture of General MacArthur kissing the gloved hand of Mme. Chiang Kai-shek was published in Paris, France has been agitated over the problem: Should a gentleman kiss a gloved hand? The fact that General MacArthur was shown wearing his hat and grasping a pipe in his left hand added to the confusion.

Last week in Paris Match, France's foremost authority on manners delivered his verdict. Said the Due de Levis Mirepoix, 66, eminent historian of France's religious wars, Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, member of the Jockey Club, and...

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