At my first job as a journalist in Paris, four colleagues and I shook the hands of two bosses every morning, but gave bises to each other. Photograph: Getty

“The bise has disappeared,” France’s newspaper of record, Le Monde, decreed last March, three days before the lockdown started. “Coronavirus has impos(...)

Anthropological studies suggest that kissing is an acceptable practice in up to 90 per cent of cultures. Photograph: iStock

What are the origins of kissing? In early human societies, it is believed mothers weaned their babies by chewing up their food and then passing it to(...)