oooooh! I LOVE Paris! I lived there for a year and MISS it!
I love the South too, but c'mon, Paris is gorgeous, excellent transport, food, culture... pretty much anything you could want. And I didn't find the French to be _that_ bad. But whenever I say that people tell me it's because I speak French, so maybe I'm wrong on that point.
Anyway, awesome city. Enjoy!