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Around The World Mixer

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Around The World
France
Parties Of France
5th Largest Economy in the World
GDP (purchasing power parity):
$2.276 trillion (2013 est.)
$2.269 trillion (2012 est.)
$2.268 trillion (2011 est.)
$35,700 (2013 est.)(Per Capita)
Gross National Saving: 18.2%
Economy
Officially Named: French Republic
Mainly In western Europe, with metropolitan France extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean
42nd largest country
Politics and Economy
Background Information
Considered a Republic
Civil Law System
Bicameral Legislature
Chief of State: President Holland
Head of Government: Valls
Political System
Introduction Video
Important Industries
Machinery/Electronics
Automobile
Aircraft/Defense
Tourism
Energy
Chemicals/Pharmaceutics
Textiles
Spirits/Food
Famous American Firms in France
French
Culture
Languages of France
French Dominant Language: 65.4 Million Residents Speakers. (some variants based on region)
First language 88% of the population
German 3% of Population (East France)
Small amount of Flemish (Northeast)
Arabic 3rd largest minority language
Italian: Italy Border / Basque: Spanish Border Other dialects: Catalan, Breton(celtic), Occitan dialects.Former French Colonies: Kabyle and Antillean
Religions
80% identify as Roman Catholic
Vast majority admit they don’t attend Mass
Other main religions:
Islam
Immigrants from North Africa
Protestant
Judaism

Values
Extreme PRIDE towards Nation and Government
Visitors, particularly Americans, often interpret their attitude as rude
“chauvinism” Originated in France
Male dominated culture/ Women : Family Life/Home
French embody ROMANCE and PASSION
Very accepting of sex outside marriage
Top politicians known to have affairs and don’t make efforts to conceal them
Result: half of the children born to unmarried couples
French believe in “egalite” (meaning equality)
Motto: “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite”
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Many place a higher importance on equality more than liberty and fraternity.
Cuisine
Food and Wine are central to life at all socioeconomic levels
Much socializing is done around lengthy dinners
Bread central to every meal
Common to see crusty baguettes being carried home
CHEESE is also an essential part of every French Meal
French Cooking Style
Emphasize Lighter Fare
HEAVY Sauce
Complicated preparation
Transportation in France
Driving in France
All drivers must have
a national driving license
a certificate of registration
a certificate of insurance
(must be at least 18)
If your stay in France is less than 6 months, you can travel freely with your car around the country
If it is more than 6 months, you must change your license and have your car inspected
Road Rules
30 mph in cities, 60 mph in regional areas, 78 mph on motorways unless indicated otherwise
Public Transit
Several cities have larger have their own metro or tram system
All cities have an expansive bus network
The French Lifestyle
Current trends in French media
Standard of Living
Average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is 29,322 USD per year
Buying an apartment in/out of the city center is 70% more expensive compared to US prices
Top 20% of the population earn close to 5x more than the bottom 20%
64% of French citizens ages 16-64 have a paid job
The French work 1, 479 hours per year
Allows its employees to take off 31 days a years
Life expectancy at birth is 82 years

At times we have viewed the French culture as being elitist and snobby.

As Americans, oftentimes we associate France with Paris and forget how much more of the country there is.

We also view France as a country of great beauty, rich art, and history.



The Paris Catwalk

The French adhere to a strong and homogeneous set of values. They cherish their culture, history, language and cuisine, which is considered an art. The French have long been, and still are, world leaders in fashion, food, wine, art and architecture. They embrace novelty, new ideas and manners with enthusiasm as long as they are elegant.

French culture – Perceptions vs. Reality

France is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world…

The Notre Dame Cathedral

Leonardo da Vinci’s Masterpiece

…and some of the most unique Cuisine.

France is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world…

Normally, shops are closed on Sundays and at lunchtime (9 AM-Midday, 2-7 pm)
The French gastronomic meal was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List
A normal restaurant tip in France is around 10%
Formal culture
Dress and greeting etiquette is highly followed
Government spends billions of dollars making sure French artistry is promoted and supported in all its forms (dance, music, film, etc)
"Solidarity" is promoted in the workplace and in the social culture
In July 2014, the European Court of Human Rights voted to uphold France's ban of religious face-veils.
At times Americans have viewed the French culture as being elitist and snobby.


As Americans, oftentimes we associate France with Paris and forget how much more of the country there is.


We also view France as a country of great beauty, rich art, and history.



The Paris Catwalk

The French adhere to a strong and homogeneous set of values. They cherish their culture, history, language and cuisine, which is considered an art.
The French have long been, and still are, world leaders in fashion, food, wine, art and architecture. They embrace novelty, new ideas and manners with enthusiasm as long as they are elegant.

French culture – Perceptions vs. Re
ality

Business Etiquette in France

 
French business behavior emphasizes courtesy and a degree of formality. Mutual trust and respect is important.



When arriving to a business or social meeting, shake hands with everyone present. A handshake may be quick with a light grip.



Use last names and appropriate titles until specifically invited by your French host or colleagues to
use their first nam
es.




Many French speak and understand English, but prefer not to use it.


Don't discuss personal life in business situations. Personal lives are kept separate from
busin
ess
relationships.


Meetings follow an established format with a detailed agenda.
The French dislike disagreeing and debating in a public forum, but enjoy a controlled de
bate, whereby an informed
rebuttal is appreciated.



Business presentations should be well prepared, comprehensive, clear, well-written, info
rmative and presented in
a formal, rational, professional manner --
appealing always to the intellect.


The Notre Dame Cathedral

Leonardo
da Vinci’s Masterpiece

France is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world…

…and some of the most unique Cuisine.

The French are often impressed with good debating skills that demon
strate an intellectual grasp of
the situation and all the ramifications.

Confrontational behavior or high-pressure tactics are counterproductive.

The French like to carefully analyze every detail of a proposal, regardles
s of how minute.

Business slows during July or August, as this is a common vacation perio
d.


The Paris Catwalk


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