French Mayor to Schoolkids: No Kissing!
Swine-flu-phobic official insists on 'Native American' greeting
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2009 1:20 PM CDT
French schoolkids have been banned from kisses on the cheek.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Heading back to school in a French community normally means greeting friends with kisses on the cheek—but not when there’s swine flu to worry about. A mayor in Brittany has banned such public displays, and she won’t kiss anyone in greeting, either, the Guardian reports. Rather, she instructs children to hold up their hands and say “ugh!” when meeting. She says it’s a Native American custom—though that belief is widely seen as racist.