France: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
The French are “different.” You’ll often hear this inconversations among the “Anglo-Saxons,” as the French like to callEnglish-speakers. “Different” means charming, challenging,uncooperative, questioning, and doing things in their own way andto their own advantage. So what makes them so distinctive? And howdo you get through to them?What is obvious is that the French have a keen sense of nationalidentity, which comes from their history and their language. Francewas a considerable colonial power, with interests around the world.French was the language of international diplomacy from theseventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. The French Revolutionchanged the course of history.By looking at the attitudes and values of the French, andexplaining how French life and business works, Culture Smart!France shows you how to fit in as a foreigner. It gives practicaladvice on how to avoid the pitfalls and how to do things the Frenchway, and to get results as you do so.It takes you through French history, festivals and traditions,the French at home, on the road, in the restaurant, and at work.Above all, we show you how the French communicate, and how to getthe best out of this occasionally frustrating yet totally charmingand brilliant people.