Business etiquette in France

Hello everybody,

As you know, professional habits may differ from one country to another. In order to help newly arrived expats better understand their new professional environment in France, we warmly encourage you to share information and insights about the do’s and don’ts in the workplace.

For instance, are there office manners? How do you greet your co-workers? Do you greet your management differently? Is there a dress code? Particular rules to observe? Maybe a professional body language?

On another level, what is key for a successful professional meeting? Are there any steps to follow? How do you a start a negotiation?

In other words, what are the most important things to know for a successful professional integration in France?

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience!


Well, this is topic has arrived a the right moment. ANY administration in France is complicated and very rarely will you find a person interested in helping solve very unclear processes. After completing every other step in setting up an SAS, I was just informed that they will not open a company account for an American. Too much paperwork. Trying another bank tomorrow, but doesn't look good, as the result of a new administrative requirement implemented within the past year or so.

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