This has coincided with a movement of the French people from the countryside to urban areas.There is a noticeable difference between the rural and urban areas of France.In 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek ranked French the third most useful language in the context of business, behind only English and Mandarin Chinese.Whilst French is the main spoken language, other languages are used as second languages in certain regions, though these languages are given no legal recognition.There are high levels of formality involved with doing business in France.
French is an official language of many international organisations including the United Nations, the European Union (it is the fourth most widely spoken mother tongue of the EU), NATO, the WTO (World Trade Organisation), the International Olympic Committee, and the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross).
Christianity is the largest religion in France, however the next largest group in French society is those who profess to have no religion.
Various studies claim that Islam accounts for between 5% – 10% of the French population, with Judaism being the next largest religion thereafter.
Handshakes tend to be brisk and light, with only a couple of up and down movements.
Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance, in writing, by telephone, or by email.