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Culture
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The capital of Gironda, in the south of France, was chosen as the Best European Destination 2015 and has a very particular charm. Harmony between classic and vanguard architectures may have something to do with it. Book a flight to Bordeaux and...

Discover a World Heritage Site
Over the Garonne river, a relic: the Pont de Pierre. On the left bank, the Place de la Bourse and the fantastic Water Mirror effect — less than an inch of water on the granite floor. And the religious masterpiece: Saint-André’s cathedral with the Pey-Berland tower. Climb to the top and enjoy the view. It's only 231 steps!

Take the surface subway
Bordeaux has gained new life in recent decades, beyond the (obligatory) wine tours. The transportation system is great and some spots break records: the Sainte-Catherine, an incredibly long pedestrian street filled with stores and places to eat; and the Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.

Climate

France has a temperate climate with 4 types of climate: oceanic, continental, Mediterranean and mountainous. In Paris, the average temperature in summer is 20ºC and in the winter 5ºC.

Time zone

GMT + 1

Geography and Politics

France is located in Western Europe and is a member of the European Union. It is a semi-presidential democratic republic. 

Tips and Payment

Most businesses accept credit cards, but it is always useful to have cash with you. France is part of the Eurozone, so the currency used will be the Euro (EUR). It is not customary to leave a tip since the bill in restaurants already contains a service charge.

Language and expressions to memorize

French is the official language. In French, "Bonjour" = hi; "S'il vous plaît" = please; "Merci beaucoup" = thank you very much.

What to do

Learn a few phrases in French. The French are very proud of their culture and like it when those who visit their country make an effort to learn their language.

What not to do

Do not talk to someone using “tu" if the correct form is "vous". Depending on how well you know someone and the context in which you are, always use "vous" as a sign of respect, if in doubt. Use “tu" with friends or family.

What to wear

Fashion and looks are seen as very important and help to make a first impression. Dress in a formal style that is neat and sophisticated. The accessories also count - as well as the shoes, which must be up to par!

First contact

When meeting someone for the first time in a business context, greet him or her with a handshake. It is considered normal to give two kisses on the face to friends or in social situations, except between men.