In A Snapshot:
Capital: Paris. The city hosts some world renowned landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre and the Arc de Triomphe … which makes Paris one of the most visited cities in the world, with over 27 million visitors per year.
Population: The largest nation in Western Europe with more than 65 million people, of which 20% lives in the Paris region. 2.5 million people are living in the overseas territories.
Main language: French. It is also one of the official languages of many other countries too. It is the 2nd most used language worldwide with 270 million native or fluent French speakers. Also considered to be the most Romantic Language.
National Day: 14 July. The bank holiday is known as Bastille Day. It celebrates the storming of the prison in Paris called la Bastille on 14 July 1789, when the French overthrew the monarchy.
National anthem: La Marseillaise. It got its name because it was first sung by soldiers from Marseille marching to Paris during the revolution.
France, a country that is home to 7 mountains, has 5 major rivers flowing through and has at least 40,000 castles. Bursting with History, tradition and culture, there is no other Country quite the same.
A Handshake and a kiss on the each cheek is usually the most common form of greeting, but this is known to change according to the region, sometimes kissing cheeks up to 5 times! The French tend to be friendly and great hosts from the get go.
The love of food is something that is spread amongst the whole nation, French people take great pride in not only cooking their food, but offering to others too. Being the first and biggest producers of wines, liquors and cheese, they sure do know how to host a great get together.
The French people are a realm of people who value Family very highly. Families are close-knit and take their roles very seriously, ensuring that not only the immediate family are cared for but the extended family too.
France as a country is very diverse; the traditions, the food, and even the landscape vary from region to region. But one thing that remains the same is the love they have for their country, their cuisine and their culture.
Some Fun Facts about France:
- France was established in 843 – breaking from the Carolingian Empire.
- France has the most Nobel prizes for Literature (13 so far) and 2nd highest for Mathematics.
- There are 2 French Cooking Books published every day in France.
- France has around 365 different types of cheese (one for every day of the year?)
- There is a ‘Victor Hugo Street’ in every town in France.
- The Eiffel Tower is 300m high and is painted every 7 years.
Nikken and France
France joined the Nikken Family in 1998, and has since become one of Nikken’s strongest and most positive and prosperous nations. Our energetic and loyal consultants are committed to spreading the word of Nikken Vital Wellness to all those who cross their paths. Business etiquette amongst the French emphasises courtesy and a degree of formality, as well as trust and respect. These are characteristics that are most certainly demonstrated by our French consultants.
Nathalie Harant-Chédor, a Silver Consultant from France shares her story in this month’s eNews. Here is a peek of how Nikken has changed her life.
“I am always touched by the lives of people I meet, the exchanges and conversations I have, because everyone has had their own life before discovering the Nikken opportunity. Listening and respect build trusting relationships. Whatever the final decision is, I have my heart set on making every meet-up a milestone on the theme of the 5 pillars of health, and I believe that shared stories do their work over time. I want to leave a positive image of Nikken, of relationship marketing, and of the way I am ready to help if they say YES.”
To read the rest of Nathalie’s story, please click here.
At the Nikken Europe HQ, We also have many French Residents. Here is what some of them have to say about France:
“I couldn’t choose what I like most about France; landscapes, food & wine, movies… And of course the French style is the best in the world ;)” – Elodie Veillet, Nikken’s French Marketing Co-ordinator.
“A nation that has a certain je ne sais quoi and oozes romance with plenty of Va Va Voom!” – Nathalie Powers, Nikken’s European Trainer and Sales Support Executive.
Tell us what you love most about France!!