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Tuesday, August 13, 2013



FRANCE Presentation Transcript:

2.The People
The French cherish their culture, history, language and cuisine, which is considered an art. The French have been and are today world leaders in fashion, food, wine, art and architecture.
 Discussing below some important key points for consideration when doing business in France.

3.Relationships - Public vs. Private
 The French are private people and have different rules of behavior for people within their social circle and those who are not.
 Although the French are generally polite in all dealings, it is only with their close friends and family that they are free to be themselves.
Friendship brings with it a set of roles and responsibilities, including being available should you be needed. Friendship involves frequent, if not daily, contact.


5.Dress Etiquette
Business dress is understated and stylish.
Dress well: The French are fashion conscious and their version of casual is not as relaxed as in many western countries.
Men should wear dark-colored, conservative business suits for the initial meeting.
Women should wear either business suits or elegant dresses in soft colors.
The French like the finer things in life, so wear good quality accessories


7.Business Meetings Etiquette
When doing business in France, use first names only after being invited to do so
Appointments are necessary and should be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
Do not try to schedule meetings during July or August, as this is a common vacation period.
Meetings are to discuss issues, not to make decisions.

8.Gift Giving Etiquette
Small business gifts may be exchanged, but usually not at the first meeting.
Flowers should be given in odd numbers but not 13, which is considered unlucky.
 Some older French retain old-style prohibitions against receiving certain flowers: White lilies are used at funerals; red carnations as they symbolize bad will.
 Gifts are usually opened when received.

9.How do French people greet each other?
The handshake is a common form of greeting.
Friends may greet each other by lightly kissing on the cheeks, once on the left cheek and once on the right cheek.
You are expected to say 'bonjour' or 'bonsoir' (good morning and good evening) with the honorific title Monsieur or Madame when entering a shop and 'au revoir' (good-bye) when leaving.

Perhaps no other culture so highly regards its language as a symbol of itself.
The French are extremely proud of their language. This pride makes the use of French a sensitive issue.
 It is important to at least learn some basic civilities prior to doing business in France.


12.Table manners
Table manners are Continental -- the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.
Do not begin eating until the hostess says
     'bon appetit'.
 Finish everything on your plate.
 Do not cut salad with a knife and fork. Fold the lettuce on to your fork.
Peel and slice fruit before eating it.
Taste everything offered.
Leaving food on your plate is impolite.

13.Dining Etiquette
If you are invited to a French house for dinner
Arrive on time. Under no circumstances should you arrive more than 10 minutes later than invited
The French do not like to discuss business during dinner. Dinner is more of a social occasion and a time to enjoy good food

Food is one of the great passions of the French people.
 French cooking is highly refined and involves careful preparation, attention to detail, and the use of fresh ingredients. 
French people eat 2 times a day i.e. Midday and in the evening between 7 and 8

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