Going to Europe? Roger Axtell, author of Gestures: Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World ($14.95 at www.mpiweb.org) offers these tips for shaking hands (for more, visit www.worldofculture.com).
France — A light, quick handshake is common. When you enter a room, be sure to greet each person present. A woman will offer her hand first.
Germany — It is impolite to shake someone's hand with your other hand in your pocket.
Ireland — I