CULTURE in France By Angel ixtabalan

Country Profile - 1

  • Capital: Paris
  • Population: 66.03 million (2013)
  • Ethnic Makeup: Southeast Asians, Africans, Roma, The Basque
  • Language: French
Country Profile - 2
  • Type of Government: Constitutional Republic
  • Currency: Euros
  • Major Religions: Roman Catholic makes up to 89%
  • Climate: Winter with freezing days and mild in summer


  • Arrive ten minutes after the scheduled time
  • Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
  • The French will never skip lunch
Office in France

Business Dress

  • Dress is formal for both men and women
  • Conservative clothing of the highest quality
  • Wear dark suits, particularly during the winter
Business Dress

Conversation Etiquette

  • French get emotional, even in business
  • Answer questions about your country
  • Welcome Topics of Conversation, art, music, and philosophy

Gift giving etiquette

  • Social events, and for dinner parties
  • Reasonably acquainted with the recipient’s interests and tastes
  • If you are invited to a French home, consider it a rare honor, Bring flowers, quality chocolates or liqueur to the host

Lets Make a Deal

  • Most business people in France read English
  • Basic French phrases and use them whenever possible
  • During a first meeting, remain polite and cordial

Entertaining Etiquette

  • Meals intended to help establish an acquaintance
  • No actual business talk at meals
  • Person that invited is expected to pay
  • Dining arrangements, a French restaurant is a safe choice

Public Behavior

  • Maintaining eye contact is important
  • Chewing gum in public is considered vulgar
  • Smiling is treated only with indifference here


Created By
Angel Ixtabalan


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