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Gesture 1: Un, deux, trois...

Gestes français - French Gestures

When using the fingers to count in France, the thumb is the first counter.
   
     
When counting on the fingers, the thumb is one, the index finger is two, the middle finger is three, etc.
un deux trois
     
Likewise, when holding your hand up to indicate a number, hold up your hand with the thumb as the first counter and add from there. 
 
The French will see the thumb even if you don't hold it up: if you hold up two fingers the American way, you'll get three of whatever you're ordering, not two. 

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