- Greetings are important in France. Thus, it is necessary to greet others correctly to make a good impression.
- Handshakes are the norm in a business setting or with acquaintances. It is expected that you will shake hands with everyone present when arriving and leaving.
- Among friends and relatives, the most common greeting is the ‘la bise’ (kiss on both cheeks). The la bise consists of placing one’s cheek against another’s, making a kiss noise, then repeating it on the opposite side. A la bise is sometimes accompanied with an embrace.
- People generally kiss twice during a la bise; however, this varies depending on the region in France. In this instance, follow your French counterpart.
- One should remove their sunglasses and/or hat when doing a la bise.
- Respect is shown in verbal greetings by referring to the person as “Madam,” (‘Mrs’) “Monsieur” (‘Mr’) or “Mademoiselle”. Madam is only used to refer to a married woman, while Mademoiselle is reserved for unwed women.
- Use last names and appropriate titles until you are invited by your French counterpart to move on to a first-name basis. It is important to acknowledge someone by their academic title (if relevant).
- In a formal setting, addressing someone by their title always precedes any conversation or request (e.g. “Madam, would you like a drink?”).
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Population62,814,233[July 2016 est.]
LanguagesFrench (official) (100%)
ReligionsChristianity (63-66%)Islam (7-9%)Buddhism (0.5-0.75%)Judaism (0.5-0.75%)Other (0.5-1.0%)No Religion (23-28%)[2015 est.]Note: France prohibits state authorities from collecting data on individuals' religious beliefs.
EthnicitiesCeltic and LatinSalvicNorth AfricanIndochineseBasqueNote: France prohibits state authorities from collecting data on individuals' ethnicity
Power Distance 68 Individualism 71 Masculinity 43 Uncertainty Avoidance 86 Long Term Orientation 63 Indulgence 48 What's this?
Australians with French Ancestry135,382 [2016 census]
French in Australia
Population31,120[2016 census]This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in France.
GenderMale (50.9%)Female (49.1%)
ReligionCatholic Christianity (45.0%)Judaism (1.9%)Other (11.9%)No Religion (35.6%)Not stated (5.7%)
AncestryFrench (67.2%)Italian (5.1%)English (3.4%)Australian (3.1%)Other (21.2%)
Language Spoken at HomeFrench (61.3%)English (31.1%)Italian (1.9%)Other (5.1%)Not stated (0.7%)Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 94.0% speak English fluently.
DiasporaNew South Wales (36.2%)Victoria (22.8%)Queensland (20.2%)Western Australia (11.3%)
Arrival to AustraliaPrior to 2001 (54.4%)2001-2006 (13.9%)2007-2011 (26.7%)
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