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SOCIAL HINTS
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SOCIAL LIFE IN FRANCE TENDS TO BE SEMI-FORMAL. IT IS
THE FRENCH CUSTOMARY GREETING TO SHAKE HANDS OR TO
KISS THE PERSON ON BOTH CHEEKS, WHEN YOU MEET THEM AND
ALSO WHEN YOU LEAVE. IT IS RARE TO BE INVITED TO
SOMEBODY'S HOME EVEN AFTER A LONG ACQUAINTANCE. FLOWERS
OR CHOCOLATES SHOULD BE BROUGHT FOR THE HOSTESS WHEN
YOU ARE INVITED TO A PRIVATE HOME.
SINCE 1ST OF NOVEMBER 1992 IT IS AN OFFENCE IN FRANCE
TO SMOKE IN MOST PUBLIC PLACES. IN RESTAURANTS ETC THERE
MUST BE AN AREA DESIGNATED AS NON SMOKING.

BUSINESS HINTS
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THE FRENCH BUSINESS MEN CONDUCT BUSINESS IN A FORMAL
MANNER. IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE A APPOINTMENT, SO THEY
SHOULD BE MADE WELL IN ADVANCE. BUSINESS MEN DO NOT
FEEL AT EASE USING FIRST NAMES. A SMART APPEARANCE AND
PUNCTUALITY ARE ESSENTIAL. YOU ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE
PERIOD BETWEEN MID-JULY AND MID-AUGUST, AS THE
FRENCH BUSINESSES VIRTUALLY CLOSE DOWN.
BE AWARE THAT SINCE 1ST NOVEMBER 1992 IT IS AN OFFENCE
TO SMOKE IN SOME PUBLIC PLACES WHICH MAY INCLUDE OFFICES
AND BUSINESS MEETINGS. IT IS ADVISABLE TO ASK BEFORE
SMOKING.

POPULAR CITIES:
PARIS | NICE | CANNES | SAINT TROPEZ | JUAN LES PINS
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