I like France for tourism. It's a great country to visit. The landscape is beautiful, and the food is excellent. I have never had a bad tourist experience, such as surly waiter or unfriendly taxi driver (you get those everywhere...except Japan).
That said, when it comes to doing business, France can be a pain in the neck. It took me many years to figure out the reason. I even had a French boss, who had similar problems dealing with our French subsidiary. I had expected him to solve problems with his countrymen, but he pleaded having similar difficulty with all three companies that he had led.
The problem is a major cultural difference: French love discussion over action. Just look at their films: two people talking for most of the duration. In business, this innate urge to discuss can be tedious, frustrating, and aggravating. The basic problem is that French businessmen prefer theory over practice, which conflicts with everyone else's urge to get things done.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.