Who can a man give a kiss on the hand to?

A bow and a kiss on the hand is an extremely formal and stylish greeting. One may use it in a fancy party or in a traditional and “old fashioned” meeting.

In France, you can only greet a woman this way who has been married; either she’s actually married, a widow or a divorced woman. You would never ever bow and kiss the hand of a young single woman EXCEPT standing on the square of a church.