France Isn’t Just Fashion and L’amour. It is Also Business. How to Work Business with the French

by Rachel Yeomans | October 16th, 2009   

We love French Fashion Week, we look at France as the mecca of the fashion world, and we swoon at the beauty of the French language. However, France just like every other country has business to accomplish. Read what Nelly Favis-Villafuerte of Manila Bulletin Publishing has written about doing business in the style of the French.

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In export, it is not enough to know about one’s particular export product/s. It is equally important to have knowledge of foreign business practices, negotiation techniques, and social customs of the foreign buyers we are doing business with.

Let me share with the readers of this column about business culture in France.

bizbrekky France Isnt Just Fashion and Lamour. It is Also Business. How to Work Business with the French

  • The French are patriotic and very proud of their culture, heritage, country and yes… they take a special pride in their language;
  • When it comes to business attire, the French are conservative, yet elegant. In short, don’t be trendy in dressing but fashionably business-like. Dark suits and ties for men and suits, or classic coordinates of subdued colors for women. Business suits are the acceptable business attire;

Click HERE to read the other pointers Favis-Villafuerte advises on the French way of doing business.