I LOVE my local pharmacy. Whatever problem I have, they always seem to have the right cream, lotion or potion for it. I think that part of my love affair for pharmacies is because roughly 80% of my French family are pharmacists. Then again when you look at the amount of pharmacies in France, 80% of the population must be pharmacists… but I think there is more to it than that. In France we are medication mad; maybe due to the socialized health care system, but here in France more people visit doctors than in any other part of the world. For every ailment, no matter how small, there is a cure you can pick up at your local pharmacy.
But it does not stop there – pharmacists are not only at your beck and call when you have a medical problem, but also when you want to indulge yourself. I buy most my creams, shampoos and the kids’ creams and shampoos at the pharmacy. Most pharmacists, even in tiny villages, stock La Roche Posay, Nuxe, Caudalie etc. and if they don’t they can almost always order the product you need within 24 hours.
Most pharmacists will take their time with each customer no matter how long the queue, which nobody minds as everyone gets the same treatment. I’ve seen pharmacists talk for 30 mins to an elderly customer to make sure they were getting the right medicine, and have overheard a poor pharmacist patiently explain to a foreign non-French speaking tourist how a suposity works!
I hope you will not have to visit a pharmacy if you are traveling to France for an ailment, but if you need to I am sure you will be well looked after!