This article (about 3,800 words) is full of comprehensive advice on how to adjust practices and behaviors for successful business interactions with France.
It begins with a brief look at historic events, geographic influences, diversity aspects, and recent trends that influence the local business culture. This is followed by a discussion of relationship expectations and communication preferences, an introduction to meeting etiquette and expectations, and hints for business negotiations, from general styles to specific approaches and caveats. Other sections of the article are dedicated to decision making, agreements, and contracts, to gender roles in business, and to aspects such as religious practices, dinner etiquette, or gift giving rituals, that matter when doing business in the country.
Two final elements round off the information for each country: Country Facts informs on times zones and currency, population, ethnicities and religions. A list of Do�s and Dont�s summarizes the most crucial hints for business success in the country.
Other countries covered in the �Doing Business in �� series include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.
About the Author
Mr. Katz regularly teaches at business schools in the United States and Europe. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, organizational meetings, and other events. His book �Negotiating International Business� and excerpts from it are in use by numerous business users around the world, at top business schools in several countries, as well as at the United States Air Force Culture and Language Center and the United States Marine Corps� Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning.