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Taking Up Residence article: “Doing business in France”

In this month’s edition of Taking Up Residence, I write an article about the basics of French business, legal entities and the main features of the principal models available. You can download the latest newsletter from this site as well as the LinkedIn group Expat Web among the discussions.

My article is pp. 5-7 and includes a link to my page on business in France, but I highly encourage you to read the whole newsletter, as you will it is full of pertinent advice from a wide variety of experts. Taking Up Residence consistently puts out quality information, and I’m happy to collaborate with them on this France project. Thanks to Michiel Schokking for putting this great issue together, and thank you to the other writers. See the message below.

Greetings and welcome to the October edition of our (PDF) newsletter which can be downloaded here: http://www.takingupresidence.com/download/EXPATWEB-OKT2010.pdf

This month, we profile France. A combination of old world charm, unique cultural heritage, and modern sophistication lures millions of tourists from all over the world to its borders each year. For professional expats, steady economic progress and a strong social support system feeds the attraction. To read more about life in France, go to the TakingUpResidence website: http://www.takingupresidence.com/france.html.

In this issue…

–Senior Editor, Diana Heeb Bivona offers a few French business culture tidbits in ‘Formality and Respect are Valued’;

–Elsa Guillais and Rachel Ryder of Emigra Ogletree Worldwide provide an overview of French immigration law in ‘Recent Changes in French Immigration Policies’;

Michael Barrett an American expat living in France and creator of the blog, American Expat in France offers insights for entrepreneurs regarding ‘Doing Business in France‘; and

–Attorney Haywood Wise takes a closer look at commercial immigration in ‘Professional – Commercial Immigration to France Favors Admission of Skilled Entrepreneurs – Recent Reforms’

  1. October 27th, 2010 at 21:22 | #1

    Did you talk about what makes the French tick?

  2. October 27th, 2010 at 21:43 | #2

    A funny thing happened in my email today. A colleague mistakenly sent a reply email to a community listserv. No harm done, except that it provided me an opportunity to read about this car accident that happened in France:

    Dear Professor:

    Thank you for calling to check up on me. I am feeling a lot more sore today than yesterday, but I’m thankful to have no other negative effects to report. It could have been a very serious accident – I was stopped, waiting to turn left, and a bus slammed into me from behind going around 60 km/hr, which pushed me into an oncoming car. My car is completely mangled, but I don’t have a scratch on me. The bus driver said he was going to the police station, but never showed up, so now I will have to work with the police and the bus company to find the driver. It’s a major hassle to do anything “official” here in France, as there are so many rules, procedures, and forms to follow. But on the upside, I am learning a whole new set of French vocabulary.

    To which I replied to the writer:
    By the way, the French score an 80 UAI on the Hofstede scale of Cultural Dimensions, one of the world’s highest. So your frustration with bureaucracy is well founded. Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI) deals with a society’s tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity; it ultimately refers to man’s search for Truth. It indicates to what extent a culture programs its members to feel either uncomfortable or comfortable in unstructured situations. Unstructured situations are novel, unknown, surprising, different from usual. Uncertainty avoiding cultures try to minimize the possibility of such situations by strict laws and rules, safety and security measures, and on the philosophical and religious level by a belief in absolute Truth; ‘there can only be one Truth and we have it’. People in uncertainty avoiding countries are also more emotional, and motivated by inner nervous energy. The opposite type, uncertainty accepting cultures, are more tolerant of opinions different from what they are used to; they try to have as few rules as possible, and on the philosophical and religious level they are relativist and allow many currents to flow side by side. People within these cultures are more phlegmatic and contemplative, and not expected by their environment to express emotions.

    As an Intercultural Management Consultant and Francophile, I also told her about a notable episode of “No Reservations” titled, Why The French Don’t Suck, if she need cheerleading.

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