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French Culture Presentation

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French Culture Presentation
For this assignment I decided to look into the French culture. Although I don't have tons of experience with this culture, besides taking a semester of French, I have definitely dreamed about going there someday. I'm tired of
cybertourism
. I am tired of not being able to be in a different culture and only doing research about it.

One of the nice things about the French culture is that most communities practice good habits with tourism. It's not a common thing to see
retreatism
happening. Retreatism is when certain cultures practice an avoidance of contact with the tourists.

Let's look at how the French interpret business, education, and healthcare.
Education
As we have learned there is not a single form of education that all countries and cultures follow.

Each country is different and since many students are
international students
, we need to be aware of how we act in different cultures.

"...
Colonial educational system
, served as educational goals that differed from what the colonized might have valued." (Martin & Nakayama p. 340) Cultures want to invest their own history to give their people a sense of purpose. The French use this system and it works very well.
Healthcare
All
health care professionals
come from many different backgrounds.

"France also differs in their approach to regulating the cost of health care services in their country. France has an organization called the CNAMTS that monitor spending for services across the country. If spending for a certain kind of drug or service rises in a particular area, the CNAMTS have the authority to go in and reduce the price of this drug or service to make it more accessible and ease the supply to cope with the needs of the market. In conjunction with this living system, France has also implemented a common fee schedule across the country that requires that health services provide a standard price for procedures, regardless of health insurance policies." (Kamranay 2014)
References
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PARIS HD WALLPAPERS | FREE HD WALLPAPERS. (n.d.). PARIS HD WALLPAPERS | FREE HD WALLPAPERS. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://mxview.blogspot.com/2013/08/paris-hd-wallpapers.html

French seek investment openings in infrastructure. (n.d.). Home. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/04/08/french-seek-investment-openings-infrastructure.html

http://the7eme.aup.edu/post-aup-studies-in-france/

The higher education system. (n.d.). France Diplomatie. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/studying-in-france/presentation-1988/the-french-education-system/article/the-higher-education-system


http://www.operationsabroadworldwide.co.uk/europe.php?CTN=49&NTN=1

Doing Business in France: 8 Cultural Cues That Make (or Break) a Deal. (n.d.). International Business Times. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.ibtimes.com/doing-business-france-8-cultural-cues-make-or-break-deal-368258

Kamrany, N. (2014, January 10). Obamacare vs. the French Health Care System. The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nake-m-kamrany/obamacare-vs-the-french-h_b_4573596.html

Paris: the favourite choice for students. (n.d.). France Diplomatie. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/studying-in-france/receiving-foreign-students-in/article/paris-the-favourite-choice-for

Martin, J. N., & Nakayama, T. K. (). Experiencing intercultural communication: an introduction (Fifth ed.). : .
"The quality of student life element works in favour of French universities, which have taken numerous steps (including information meetings, putting new students in touch with fellow students and tutors, mentoring schemes, etc.) to improve the way young people are welcomed, supervised and monitored. Students have reasonably priced university canteens available and more of them have access to university accommodation than in other countries. The Centres régionaux des œuvres universitaires et scolaires (CROUS), which deal with student catering and accommodation and provide bursaries, and Centres d’information et de documentation jeunesse (CIDJ – information and documentation centres) are unique networks which provide support in areas such as training, employment and housing. The high level of amenities – particularly digital resources – also scores well in the ranking." (Paris 2014)
When dealing with
international negotiations
be aware of the etiquette and respect you show to the host.

"Etiquette is a traditional value that pervades French society, and business etiquette is symbolized by properly engraved business cards, giving a professional title and academic credentials". It goes on to say that the Japanese have a procedure and ritual that they bow when receiving this card. The French do not. Respect is required, but not to the extent of some cultures. (Martin & Nakayama p. 325)
Business
Most people don't understand the differences in doing business in another culture. But France has their own ways in which things are done. Here is one example:

"Almost everyone in the French business world speaks English fluently, but refusing even to make an attempt to learn the language will be an instant mark against you. If you don't have the time to begin learning the language, or if this is a one-time trip, at least make an effort to study some basic French phrases, and apologize for your lack of fluency early on. Your international business colleagues will appreciate the effort, and the conversation will then likely switch to English or a hybrid of the two languages." (Doing Business in France 2014)
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