What are some common French gestures?
For example, in English:
-nodding = yes
-shaking head = no
-beckoning = come here
-showing middle finger = curse
-rolling eyes = disdain/ignorance
-pointer+middle finger v= peace
What are some common ones for French that any of you know or have seen?
Shrugging: both shoulders and sometimes just one. Pouting. The examples you gave pertaining to English too. The finger gestures you mentioned... not exactly, but I'm sure they show up sometimes due to American movies and TV influence.
You may want to watch some youtube videos (when you feel like it, of course) and you'll see lots of gestures. The hands are used a lot for emphasis and expressing emotions. IMO, nothing outlandish or uncommon. It's all natural unless something unusual happens or it's a performance. And, as always, it depends on the person.
There is one that means something quite inappropriate, but it's the only one I know. It's the same gesture as the English "perfect". You make a circle with your index finger and thumb, and with the rest of your fingers, you fan them out. My advice, don't use it. I'm not going to say what it means.