“Humans are naturally prone to so-called skin hunger,” said Gautier Jordaan, who conducted the IFOP survey, finding that the proportion of people who deal with strangers is far lower than that of family members, friends, and co-workers. had gone. .
Greeting each other with a kiss means integrating personal space, said Ms. Boutin, psychoanalyst. “With the prohibition of physical contact, it is as if we were completely destroyed, as if we no longer existed,” she said. “If only we need human contact to survive.”
Customs kissing has stopped before the disease spread. In the mid-1300s, Europe was hit by the “Black Death”, a plague that killed between 25 million and 30 million people, or about a third of its population.
At the time, kissing was not a systematic form of greeting, according to Alain Montandon, a philosopher In his book “Le Besser”. But it had significant socio-political significance.
“It was the value of a contract or an agreement,” Mr Montandon said.
As summer approached this year, and the mask was removed from the mandate, some grew restless with the lack of la bise – including, it seemed, Mr Macron himself, who slapped his cheeks during a memorial ceremony in June Kissed the veterans of World War II. (Mr. Macron was wearing a mask.)
But Pauline Gärdet, 24, is hoping Covid will bring the bise era – an end – and its many unwanted kisses.
“Usually, two days ago, a man was very close to me, not leaving me any choice but to kiss him,” she said. “I found it very harsh – the coronavirus is still there.”