Introduction The business environment has evolved in the past century, where numerous

Introduction

The business environment has evolved in the past century, where numerous countries worldwide have embraced globalization. The expansion into international markets has not only benefited the countries involved but also businesses who venture into this type of setting. Although numerous advantages are associated with global expansion, several risks must be accounted for. These risks can be detrimental to an organization’s competitive advantage or impact its revenues. However, these risks can be mitigated by analyzing the business environment in the country where the expansion will take place. One of the countries in which one can consider expanding is France; therefore, it is important to carry out a business analysis to determine the suitability of doing business in this country.

Brief History of the Country

The Rise of France

Economic Expansion

Urban Prosperity

Rural Society

Major Rulers of France

Cultural Aesthetics

Personal Communication, Including Nonverbal Communication Styles

Values and Attitudes

Manners and Customs

Social Structure

Religion

Education

Official Language or Business Language

Business Environment and Customs

Meetings

Dining

Corporate Culture

Greetings

Business Attire

Negotiating

Business Card Exchange

Time Difference Between Central Standard Time and France

Transportation

Railways

Rapid Transport

Roads

Bus Transport

Waterways

Air Travel

Currency or Currency Exchange

Main Currency Used in France

Economic and Monetary Union

Current Exchange Rate

Role in International Trade

The French Government Trade Policy

The Key Exports of France

The Key Imports of France

Trade Barriers to International Trade in France

Political System, Legal System, and Political Risks

Political System

Executive Branch

Shadow Cabinet of France

Legislative Branch

Local Governments

Legal System

Private Law

Public Law

European Union Law

Judicial Institutions

Political Risks

Taxes

Trade Tariffs

Labor Laws

Development Priorities

International Wars

Elections and the Ruling Government

Terrorism

Summary

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