Foreign country internal project
Winston udeh, Leilani Nemesek
Despite extensive reforms over the years that have reduced government intervention in the economy, the French government still exercises great control over the economy, owning shares in many of the country largest companies.
Ecole Maternelle (kindergarten) and creches ;Kindergarten or pre-school. Ecoles Maternelles take pupils from age 2 to age 6, and prepare them for entry into primary school.
Ecole primaire, or Ecole élémentaire:Primary school, grade school. Five classes, ages 6 to 11. The primary school curriculum in France is similar to that in other countries, and includes literacy and numeracy, with classes in French, arithmetic, but also geography and history, the arts, and more and more frequently a foreign language, usually English.
ollège:Middle school. Four levels, normally for pupils aged 11 - 15. The "collège unique" is the backbone of the French school system. All pupils go to collège, usually at age 11, but sometimes at an older age, if they have been made to repeat a year in primary school.
Lycée:High School. The traditional French lycée covers the last three years of secondary education. There are two main types of traditional lycée, the lycée général or lycée classique, and the lycée technique.
Lycée professionnel:Vocational high school. "Lycées Pros", as they are commonly known, provide an essentially non-academic syllabus for young people intending to work in manual or clerical jobs.
Industry has expanded considerably since World War II, with particularly significant progress in the electronics, transport, processing, and construction industries. France is the fourth-leading industrial power, after the US, Japan, and Germany (although France was surpassed by the United Kingdom in 2001 as the world's fourth largest economy). In 2002, the industrial sector accounted for 26% of GDP and around 25% of the labor force. Manufacturing accounted for 16%, construction 4%, and energy generation 3% of GDP in 2001. Manufacturing accounts for around three-quarters of total exports of goods and services, which amounted to 29% of GDP in 2000.
Cultural and Social Factors
· French is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries.
· French is still a working language of the UN, the EU, and dozens of international organizations including the International Red Cross committee, International Labor Organization, Amnesty International, and Doctors without Borders. Francophone countries form an important bloc in the UN, the EU, the African Union, and the Arab League.
For most of the past thousand yars, France has been one of the principal "Catholic" countries of Europe.
From the time of Charlemagne until the emergence of Protestantism in the sixteenth century, France was one of the main powers in a continent where Catholicism was - except in orthodox areas - the only mainstream form of Christianity. After that, most of France, and particularly the French monarchy, maintained the Catholic faith while many other parts of Europe, including England, Switzerland, the Low countries, and much of Germany and Scandinavia, adopted differing forms of Protestantism.
- Food is one of the great passions of the French people.
- French cooking is highly refined and involves careful preparation, attention to detail, and the use of fresh ingredients.
- It varies by region and is heavily influenced by what is grown locally.
- French business behaviour emphasizes courtesy and a degree of formality.
- Mutual trust and respect is required to get things done.
- Trust is earned through proper behaviour.
- Creating a wide network of close personal business alliances is very important.
- If you do not speak French, an apology for not knowing their language may aid in developing a relationship.
- It is always a good idea to learn a few key phrases, since it demonstrates an interest in a long-term relationship.
- The way a French person communicates is often predicated by their social status, education level, and which part of the country they were raised.
- In business, the French often appear extremely direct because they are not afraid of asking probing questions.
- Written communication is formal. Secretaries often schedule meetings and may be used to relay information from your French business colleagues.
Terrain, seaways: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east, Coastline is 3,427 km.
Natural Resources: Coal, Iron ores, uranium.
Agricultural Products: wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish.
Political and Legal Factors
Political Stability: They have a semi presidential system. A prime minister, separation of powers, still a Representative Government, three branches of government.
Government polices toward business: The business start-up process is relatively straightforward, with no minimum capital required. The labor market continues to be stagnant. Ostensibly protecting workers, the labor code’s rigid regulations appear instead to have hurt competitiveness and employment prospects.