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Chez Vous en France

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ISBN-10: 0749442549

ISBN-13: 9780749442545

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Genevi�ve Brame

List price: $29.95
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This practical and friendly book is an essential companion for those planning to live and work in France. Informal and original, it will help with both preparation prior to departure and provide all the information necessary to settle in smoothly on arrival. This new edition has been fully revised and updated to take into account all recent legal and financial changes. Comprehensive and approachable, it provides guidance on all aspects of the French working world, such as the legal structure of companies, organisation and hierarchy, taxation, social legislation and professional ways and customs. In addition there are sections on travel, health, finding a new home, education, schools and leisure. Far more than a mere guidebook, it also explains the mysteries of the French way of life.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Kogan Page, Limited
Publication date: 8/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

'Une fran�aise', Genevi�ve Brame was born in Normandy. At the University of Caen, she took a degree in humanities and then a Master's in international human resources management. Since 1996, Genevi�ve has worked as a consultant in the International Mobility Department (Global Employment Solutions) at HSD Ernst & Young in Paris. Inspired by her intercultural communications work with multinational companies, Genevi�ve has written for French and foreign expatriates, both adults and children. Her publications (books, articles, studies) include Lamy Mobilit� Internationale and Le Capital Humain: Gestion et valorisation. She is creative director and author of the Editions Hachette collection: Pays d'enfance: Chez toi en France, Chez Toi en Europe, Chez Toi en Normandie and ZipzapFrance.com, with the French Embassy in London.

About the author
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The French way--les Francais: les usages et les humeurs
Who are the French?
Social contacts and relationships
Courtesy and conformity
The art of living... and living well--art de vivre... et bon vivant
Mode et couture
What gift from France?
France
Overview
French institutions
Diplomatic relations
France's population in numbers
French but also European
An economic point of view
22 metropolitan regions
100 departments: 96 in the Hexagon
City folk and country folk
A detour in the Ile-de-France
Living and working in France--resider et travailler en France
Changing places: an old story
French law
International organizations in France
The legal structure of French companies
Organization and hierarchy
Employee representation
Company representation
Foreign representatives
An outline of social legislation
Social security
Taxation--fiscalite
The rhythm of life
Professional ways and customs--us et coutumes professionnels
A few words about the French language
A French conversation
The French language
The keys to communication
Learning French
Deciphering codes
The French media
Home comforts--accueil tout confort
Where?
Searching for a home
Rental/lease contract--contrat de location/bail
House and personal insurance--assurances du logement et des personnes
Moving in and moving out--demenager et emmenager
DIY
Communications
Dogs and cats
French weather
Buyer beware!--consommateur averti!
Money and currency
Shopping
Useful hints
Legal advice--conseils juridiques
Cars and traffic
Security and the police
Travelling
For the young--enfants et juniors
The French family
ABC for the little ones
French school
Nursery school--l'ecole maternelle
Primary school: from maternelle to the ecole elementaire
Secondary school: from 6th to terminale
College and lycee
International studies
Studying in France
Higher education
Private schools
European programmes
Things to know
Let's talk about health
The French and their health
Choosing a doctor
Hospital or clinic--public or private?
Some medical and paramedical specialities
Nursing care
The chemist's shop--pharmacie
Emergency--24 hours a day
Healthy children
'Prevention is better than cure'
Mineral water: do the French put water in their wine?
What to do when you are not working--loisirs et temps libre
Free time
Throughout the year
Pastimes and passions
Entertainment
Weekends
Holiday time
Once a year
Bistros and cafe terraces
Comme chez vous... en France
At home... in France
An enriching experience?
Four phases of adaptation
The spontaneity of children
Homesickness and nostalgia
Friendly places
Useful information
Key dates in the history of France
Political and economic organizations
The metric system
Forming a company in France
Social security provision
Index