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Pre-Departure Briefing on FRANCE

Contents


Introducing France Corporate Culture Meeting Etiquette Dress Etiquette Business Card Business Negotiation Social Culture Geert Hofstede (France) Leadership style

















About France
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Western European country Located on the shores of Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans Capital of France : Paris Diverse weather conditions in its various regions

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About France


Its highest mountainous peak is Mont Blanc that issituated in the city of Alps and longest river is River Loire Productive land of France is known for producing a high range of natural resources such as coal, zinc, iron etc.



About France


Religion of France is Roman Catholic - 10% are Muslims - 1% from Jewish - 2% follows the Protestant culture

Corporate Culture
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Formal, punctual and professional. Dress conservatively and while a knowledge of French is a definite advantage. Business hours are generally - Monday - Friday - 0900-1200 hrs - 1400-1800 hrs

Corporate Culture


French business behaviour emphasizes courtesy and a degree of formality Creating a wide network of close personal business alliances is very important An apology for not knowing their language may aid in developing a relationship The way a French person communicates is often based by their social status, education level, and which part of the country they were raised In business, the French often appear extremely direct because they are not afraid of asking probing questions









Corporate Culture
Introducing yourself


First impressions are important — they can start a friendship or set the tone for your interaction with someone. Start with a greeting. The simplest greeting is Bonjour, which means Hello or Good Morning. Introduce yourself. The two most common ways to introduce yourself are to say Je m’appelle Name (My name is Name) or Je suis Name (I'm Name).







Meeting Etiquette
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Handshake Greeting by lightly kissing on the cheeks Appointments to be made at least 2 weeks in advance Avoid exaggerated claims Punctuality is a relaxed affair

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Dress Etiquette
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Dress well Men should wear dark-colored and conservative business suits Women should wear either business suits or elegant dresses in soft colors Wear good accessories





Business Cards


Exchange business cards after initial introductions Include any advanced academic degrees on your business cards French business cards are often a bit larger than other countries





Social Culture
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Communication is direct Cares for its quality of life Favors individual and private opinions Family is the social adhesive of the country Practical approach towards marriage

Social Culture


Attach great importance to family values and culture Polite by nature Stylish and fashionable Strong cultural identity

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Business Negotiations
To take note:


Emphasizes courtesy and fair degree of formality Wait to be told where to sit Maintain direct eye contact Business is conducted slowly Carefully analyze every detail of a proposal Business is hierarchical

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Business Negotiations
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Impressed with good debating skills Discussion may be heated and intense Agreement must be formalized in an extremely comprehensive, precisely worded contract Passionate about food – time for relationship building

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Business Negotiations
To avoid:
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Confrontational behavior High pressure sales tactics To be over friendly

Geert Hofstede (France)


Based on the PDI, France is a society in which inequalities are accepted The power is highly centralized in France Attitude towards managers is more formal, the information flow is hierarchical On the IDV, the French favor individual and private opinions The relationship with work is contract based, the focus is on the task





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