Invisible culture

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Individualism
According to Hofstede’s dimensions, Individuality of France scored 71. It shows that France is an individualistic country like most western countries. French generally prefer being in individual and private situations. Business meetings are based more on the task rather than on the relationship, and also autonomy is favored. They prefer working alone to belong ing to a group. Although the French are generally polite in all dealings, it is only with their close friends and family that they are free to be themselves.

Direct communication
Communication style is direct and everyone is allowed to speak up, voice out his or her opinions, even more if they do not agree. Because France is one of the low context socities. Such as asking someone if they are free in the weekend will generally receive a clear and explicitly ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It is generally common to openly disagree with someone in a conversation.

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Tolerant to various background
The French believe in égalité, which means equality, and is part of the country’s motto: “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.” French put an emphasis on equality than liberty and fraternity. There is an open attitude toward sex outside of marriage. As a reflection of this aspect of France, about half of children are born to unmarried couples. Besides, as of 2013, same-sex marriage is legally recognized in France. The first French same-sex marriage took place on May 29, 2013 in Montpellier.

Body language
Unlike other countries body language, “okay” sign, you can make with index finger and thumb, means “zero.” If you want to show “okay” to French, you can use the “thumbs up” sign to say “okay.”