- Begin by shaking hands, and note that the French typically shake quicker and less firmly than Americans.
- Avoid first names, instead using their surname with Monsieur or Madame before it.
- Always aim to dress conservatively and tastefully, with an emphasis on simple elegance.
- First impressions in France are heavily dependent on appearance. Quality business attire, jewelry and accessories will earn you valuable points in the office.
- A well-tailored business suit or dress is appropriate and good shoes are a must. Careful accesorising (even of simple outfits), is also widely seen in France. ... An invitation stating “formal” dress usually means formal evening wear, which is very dressy and involves a tuxedo for men and evening dress for women.
- The French is very conscientious of their appearance.
- Dress conservative and invest in well-tailored clothing.
- Patterned fabrics and dark colors are most acceptable, but avoid bright colors.
- French businessmen do not loosen their ties or take off their jackets in the office.
- Women should also dress conservatively.
- Women should also avoid any glitzy or overpowering objects, such as flashy jewelry.