Parisians have been given 12 'commandments' telling them how to behave with civility on the Metro.
The "manual on etiquette for the modern traveller" has been published online by the French capital's public transport body. The manual, complete with drawings, was compiled from a long list of suggestions from the public.
The 12 commandments are:
1 The huge sign showing a crossed out cigarette on the platform is not a work of art but there to tell you there is a ban on smoking.
2 Do offer help to tourists.
3 Do not have loud conversations down the phone.
4 Do hold the door open for the person behind you.
5 Do not only use your handkerchief to wave someone off on the platform – but also to keep one's germs to oneself.
6 Do carry an old lady's bag up the stairs and return it to her with a smile at the top.
7 Do not share your music with others on the Metro, they do not want to hear it.
8 Do greet the driver.
9 Do not stare for too long at beautiful women on your carriage.
10 Do not start a fight with the person who just stepped on your toes by mistake.
11 Do keep your arms by your sides like a king penguin and hold on to the bottom of the post, not the very top, to avoid spreading body odour.
12 Do not mistake the Metro for your bathroom, even if there are just as many tiles on the walls.
The Paris Metro made the news last month after Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement candidate for mayor of the French capital, described the city's underground as "a place of charm", which provoked a blizzard of sarcastic comments on social media. (© Daily Telegraph, London)