Apple today unveiled its traditional black barriers around its forthcoming store in Lille, France, indicating that is construction is winding down as a grand opening is imminent, reports MacGeneration (Google Translate).

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The store will contain two levels and span 1400 square meters (roughly 15000 square feet). MacGeneration notes that the store will likely be opened by the end of November, which would mark Apple's eighteenth store in France following the iconic Apple Store Opéra and other locations in cities like Lyon.

Apple noted in its earnings conference call last week that it expects to open 25 new stores in fiscal 2015 with most of those stores planning to be located outside of the United States. One of those stores is expected be located in the United Arab Emirates, which is rumored to be Apple's biggest retail store to date.

Top Rated Comments

JeffyTheQuik Avatar
108 months ago
So you didn't go to Paris then :D
Yes, I did, and I got caught in a traffic jam at an intersection. A couple of nice Parisians came to me and started saying something in French to me, and I apologized (in French), and asked, in English for help to get through the intersection (I was in the middle, and everyone seemed to be going through the intersection). They raised their arms up, and got the other traffic to stop, and wished me well on my way (in English).

Two things I learned from this:
1. Don't get off an airplane, rent a car, then start touring on 3 hours of airplane sleep in a strange to me city.
2. Be nice to everyone, and don't listen to those that say that people are rude, mean, or otherwise, as a whole.

Normandy was even better. I felt like a rock star there. The nice people, especially the older ones, told me about the Americans coming in in 1944. I thanked them for their kind hospitality (buying their lunch helped too... I was on expenses.)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RightMACatU Avatar
108 months ago
Vive la France!

When I was in France, I found the French to be the most warm, friendly, and helpful people to this lost American.

I hope they enjoy the new store!

So you didn't go to Paris then :D
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gasu E. Avatar
108 months ago
Yes, I did, and I got caught in a traffic jam at an intersection. A couple of nice Parisians came to me and started saying something in French to me, and I apologized (in French), and asked, in English for help to get through the intersection (I was in the middle, and everyone seemed to be going through the intersection). They raised their arms up, and got the other traffic to stop, and wished me well on my way (in English).

Two things I learned from this:
1. Don't get off an airplane, rent a car, then start touring on 3 hours of airplane sleep in a strange to me city.
2. Be nice to everyone, and don't listen to those that say that people are rude, mean, or otherwise, as a whole.

Alternative theory: Parisians are smart, and quickly realized that being nice and helpful was the fastest was to get rid of an idiotic American who was causing a traffic jam...:D
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
captain cadet Avatar
108 months ago
Vive la France!

When I was in France, I found the French to be the most warm, friendly, and helpful people to this lost American.

I hope they enjoy the new store!
I found out that the French don't like the British...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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