Let’s move from the province of pancakes to the country of crepes on this next leg of our Work Culture World Tour. We’ve arrived in France, fashion and art capital of the known universe, where they are serious about their fabulous food, and about not splitting the bill in the restaurant where said fab food was just consumed. When working in this land of liberty, equality and fraternity, meetings may meander, and sharing personal life stories may be a big non-non.
This is stop No. 6 on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
If you don’t speak up at meetings, you don’t exist…
…and details are delicious, so serve them up
Fast Culture Facts for France
- 65 million – with a relatively low population density of 117 people per square kilometer, until you get to Paris, whose urban area is the most populous in the EU, at 21,000 people per square km.
- 28 million– with a labor participation rate of 72 percent—higher than the USA’s. Women make up about 47 percent of the workforce.
- France vies with the UK as the largest economy (behind Germany) in the EU, with a 6 trillon GDP. It is the most visited nation in the world, and the tourism industry is a major slice of the nation’s GDP, at about 10 percent. Overall the services sector contributes 70 percent to the France’s GDP. Manufacturing and agriculture are also significant contributors. While the standard of living is high in France, it has a high unemployment rate of around 9 percent.
- France’s census does not distinguish citizens by race, but it has been estimated that 85 percent of its population is white or of European origin and around 10 percent have North African heritage. France avoidance of classifying citizens by race has been criticized for “rendering minorities invisible,” and promoting systemic discrimination. Women earn 24 percent less than men do, but recent measures have been enacted to promote wage equality and close the gender gap. While housing and employment laws protect LGBTQ workers, conversion therapy remains legal in the nation.
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