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  1. 1. Reception booklet for interns Welcome to France !
  2. 2. (Table of Contents)Key Information  Introduction  General ExpectationsApplying for a visa in FranceArriving in France  Accommodation  Personal insurance and health insurance  Transportation  Opening your bank account  Booking your planeYour internship  Preparation for our internship  Social Security  Company policies  Taxes  Relevé de CarrièreLiving in France  “Parlez-vous Français?’  Obtaining a mobile phone  Paris et la France!  French gourmet food  Budget  French HabitsTravelling in France  Transportation  Must-see placesContacts
  3. 3. (Key information)  IntroductionWelcome to France ! AIESEC France is very happy to welcome you to one of mostbeautiful countries in the world !In this booklet you will find all necessary information to help you settle in France assmoothly as possible and make your experience unique.In order to prepare your arrival, please read carefully all sections of this booklet:certain pieces of information are crucial for you to know and prepare in advance.We wish you all the best for your internship and look forward to meeting you soon inthe City of Lights!Best regards,Member Committee AIESEC France2012-2013  General expectationsThe internships that are provided to you by AIESEC France are of high quality and for this,there are certain elements that we expect all our interns to fulfill, just as there areexpectations that you might have from AIESEC France.What does AIESEC France provide for you?  Before arrival o Preparation for your internship (expectation setting, company information…) o Providing all necessary information for your stay in France o Support in legal process (CIS, Immigration office approval, Visa) o Connection with the intern’s group in France  After arrival o Pick-up at the airport (if you provide us with your flight information at least 5 days in advance) o Support in opening a bank account and opening a phone line in France o Support to provide accommodation opportunities through our intern’s network o Connect with the AIESEC France network through conferences, events, study tours, parties…
  4. 4. What can AIESEC France not do for you?  Be always available to answer emails and phone calls: please bear in mind that there are many interns here in France to manage and that you are not alone;  Find a permanent accommodation corresponding to all your expectations: accommodation is hard to find, especially in Paris, and you need to be very proactive in this matter. AIESEC France will support you in your research as best as possible but it is up to you to do the necessary research to find a flat.What does AIESEC France expect from you ?  Be professional: this internship is an opportunity provided by AIESEC for your personal and professional development. You should always show a professional behavior and attitude during your internship, towards the company and also towards AIESEC France. This means that you need to respect working hours, show appropriate conduct (in terms of clothing, behavior, work environment), be committed to your work and be respectful of your colleagues. If there is any issue, we are fully available to discuss and figure out a solution with you as quickly as possible.  Be proactive: please make sure that you provide all documents asked & that you take initiatives to make this process go as fast as possible (such as contacting your university, setting up meetings at the Embassy/Consulate, translating all documents in French as requested…). This will make everything easier for all parties and will ensure your fast arrival.  Be open-minded: processes in France may take time and may require many documents. It is important to be patient and to try to understand this other culture, especially in terms of administrative requirements, as you will be living in the country for several months. Please do not judge if certain things do not happen in the same way as in your country. (Applying for a visa for France)FOR EU CITIZENS :If you are a resident of the following countries, you do not need a visa to do your internship inFrance: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland,Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain , Sweden, United Kingdom
  5. 5. FOR NON-EU CITIZENS:If you are not a EU citizen, you need a visa to do your internship in France: you should applyfor a “carte de séjour” (long term visa for student) from the Consulate/Embassy of thecountry in which you are living. The cost for a long term visa is around 99€.AIESEC France will send you an invitation letter for your visa stating your reasons forapplying.You will then receive a temporary visa, valid for 3 months once you enter France. In these 3months, you will have to go to send to the Immigrationoffice (OFII) with: - The immigration certificate (OFII) delivered by the French consulate/embassy where you obtained your visa - Copy of your French visa on your passportThe immigration office will then organize a medical visitfor you on a determined date to validate your stay inFrance for the whole duration of your internship. Duringyour meeting with the immigration office, you will have toprovide the following elements: - Passport with visa for France - Proof of lodging (provided by AIESEC France) - Passport-sized picture (respecting the strict regulations: no smiling, no hat, no glasses, white background, 3.5*4.5cm)This procedure will cost you 58€ and needs to be paid by fiscal stamps (available in anytobacco shop in France). Once this procedure is done, you will need to go to the Préfecture (Préfecture de Police for Paris) to get your visa card (carte de séjour). To obtain this card, you need the following elements: - Copy of birth certificate translated in French - Copy of passport with copy of visa for France - 3 Passport-sized picture (respecting the strict regulations: no smiling, no hat, no glasses, white background, 3.5*4.5 cm) - Proof of lodging (provided by AIESEC France) - Medical certificate given by Immigration service (OFII) - CIS (convention de stage) approved by Direccte (support provided by AIESEC France for this document)
  6. 6. To obtain the carte de séjour, this will cost you 19€ to be paid in fiscal stamps (available inany tobacco shop in France).In total, the procedure to get your long term visa will cost: 58 (medical appointment) + 19 (forthe carte de séjour) = 77€In order to prevent any issue , please make sure you have several photocopies of eachdocument. (Arriving in France)  AccommodationFinding a flat in France, especially in Paris, can be very difficult and time-consuming. Rent isusually very expensive (for example 450€ for a 10m2 apartment with shared bathroom) soyou need to be very proactive to find a flat. Flats are less expensive in the suburbs ofParis but not all suburbs are conveniently located and/or safe so some offers can bedeceiving in that sense.Paris has a modern metro system which goes all around the city; however, as Paris is a bigciy, it is common to have 45 to 60 minutes of transportation every morning. (so 1.5 to 2hreturn).There are different possibilities in terms of accommodation in Paris: - Sharing a flat with several people: is the best option as it is cheaper and you can share a flat with other interns here in Paris; - Having your own flat: is generally more expensive. For this, you need to have many documents prepared as landlords are very selective regarding their tenants. - Living in a French family: is a good way of discovering French culture and integrating yourself in the country but it is often expensive (generally 800€ per month) and there can be more constraints (in terms of living hours, rules…)How to find a flat?Searching a flat in can be very difficult because all students who will come to study in Parisstarting September are doing the same so there is a lot of competition. Here are somewebsite where you can find ads for flats:  
  7. 7.      start looking at flats as soon as you have finished reading this booklet, as thisprocedure takes time. Also, many landlords require several documents to prove your incomeand financial guarantees, such as: - 3 months rent (2 month as financial guarantee called “caution” and 1 month advance) - Copy of ID - Copy of CIS - Proof of income from the last 3 months or of someone in your family which acts as financial guarantor - Proof of housing (given by AIESEC France) - Copy of residence card - Copy of financial guarantor’s ID - Work certificate of financial guarantor - Income taxes of last 3 months of financial guarantorTo secure a flat, you generally need to be in Paris. For this reason, please don’t ask us tocall the landlord before your arrival because it is useless to call if you are not in Paris. Theproblem is not the date of availability of the flat; it is merely a necessity that the people whowant to rent the flat have to be present. As accommodation is a bit difficult to find in Parisand that there are many applicants, landlords can be very selective in their choice. Theywant people who have financial securities & who seem serious, which is why they want tomeet potential tenants before choosing.Also, please keep in mind that as you need to pay the caution to secure the flat, this sum canreach up to 2000€ (depending on the rent), which means that you need to have enoughmoney in your account when you arrive in France. You will get back the 2 months ofcaution when you leave the flat, unless you have damaged the property.In order to help you in this process, feel free to ask the person responsible of your arrival tohelp you contacting landlords, especially if the landlord does not speak English!Please also be careful: there are sometimes deceitful people who post ads. If you are notsure about an ad, please contact the person responsible for your arrival so he/she can helpyou sorting out the information and making sure it is not a false ad.Another way of finding a flat is through:  The interns’ group: as interns come and go through Paris, you might be able to replace an intern leaving. Check the Facebook group or send emails to the National trainee team to see what opportunities are currently available
  8. 8.  CNOUS ( ): is a government institution for students and has ads for accommodation. It can be a good place to start your research. On the website you’ll find other type of useful information for students.  Cité universitaire de Paris ( is a student campus where students from all over the world live & socialize. The cost of rooms is from approximately 350 euros per month up, depending on the size of the room. You will have to fill in a questionnaire stating you are a student applying for the first time. You can either apply for a room or for a specific hall of residence  Realtor agencies: you can get good offers through agencies but usually the agency asks for a fee of 500€ For the first week, you will be hosted either in the MC flat or with someone from the LCs in Paris. If you have friends living in Paris, we recommend you to get into contact with them and see if they can host you. Please be prepared not to find a flat in a few days only, but start this in advance process (checking ads, possibilities…). After 1 week of hosting in France, a financial compensation will be asked if you still live in the MC flat. This again is to make sure that you are proactive in your research to find a flat. TIPS  Never give money to anyone without having a contract signed and if possible get the keys at the same moment.  Request a copy of the Landlords ID.  Be very skeptical about offers too good to be true: if you find a big place at a cheap price and in a good location, it’s very likely to be a scam.  Request a list of the state of the place and list all problems like door handles, painting etc., so that at the end of your contract, the landlord cant make you responsible for previous problems with the place.  Be careful about landlords that dont accept CAF requests: either it can be a scam or the landlord is not declaring the income to the authorities. In this case he/she will normally refuse to give you any attestation letter necessary for your Carte de Séjour or other.How to get subsidies to pay for your flat?CAF (Caisse d’Assurance Familliale) is a subsidy you can get to cover part of your rent. Thisis quite helpful to have since rent in France is quite expensive. To get this subsidy, youshould fill out application forms specifically for students, which you can find on the followingwebsite ( Together with the application form you will also have to provide thefollowing documents:  RIB  Copy of your Convention de Stage  Passport/ID photocopy  Rent papers  Birth certificate translated in French  Electricity, telephone or water bill of your new apartment (the original one).
  9. 9. The application form will also need to be signed by your landlord so you will need to agreewith him/her in advance about this.  Personal Insurance (responsabilité civile) and health insuranceAs you may know, France is one of the most developed countries in terms of social securityand medical insurance. As an intern, you will obtain a social security number once yourcompany has claimed a Social Security card for you. This process can take up to severalmonths.In the meantime, each trainee should have their own healthinsurance. Social security will only cover a percentage of themedical costs so it is better to have your own health insurancefrom your country of residence.If you intend on visiting different European countries or goingskiing, make sure your health insurance covers these differentdestinations!Once you are in France, you will have to get an insurance called Responsabilité Civile(personal liability insurance). Some procedures, such as Campus France, require you tohave your Responsabilité Civile contract before you enter France. Please check with thedifferent visa authorities when you provide for this document. This insurance is liable incase you cause damage to someone or something when in France. You can obtain thisinsurance through any French insurance company of French Bank, but your health insurancemay already cover this aspect so please also check with your health insurancebeforehand.Here are some links to find out more about the Responsabilité Civile:For a complete insurance, which covers also responsabilité civile:   home insurance only, which covers also responsabilité civile:  surance_habitation_BNP_Paribas_20030116154243   https://tarif.assurances-biens- APPO=20000LPCPGNEFR&P_SITTRAV=SIMHABI&P_CDRPRO=LCL&SITE_APPE LANT=LCLFR  habitation-le-vrai-spring-privatisEtape1.html
  10. 10.  TransportationThe best solution for transportation is the « PassNavigo » which allows you unlimited travelling in Parisaccording to the zones to which you subscribe (bus,metro, RER) : www.navigo.frWhen you arrive, if you have few days left in the weekyou can get a weekly ticket. But after you have twooptions: Weekly Pass (Monday-Sunday) or Monthly Pass(1rst – 31rst of each month). We advise you to take amonthly pass as it is cheaper.How to apply for a “Pass Navigo”Firstly, you need to check in which zone your company is located (from 1 to 6) because thiswill also affect the price. In order to apply, you need to bring:  one passport-sized photo for your Pass  RIB (Bank Account Proof in France)Generally, most companies reimburse you 50% of the Pass Navigo: this you will have tocheck with your HR manager when you start your internship.Travelling around ParisThe company in charge of all public transportation in Paris is RATP. The “Metro” runs from6AM to midnight generally, except on Fridays & Saturdays, where it closed at 2AM. Nightbuses are then available so you can get home safely no matter what time!You can find maps, tourist information, timelines… on the RATP website: can therefore check directly how much time it takes from your flat to your office! Other transportation methods: Another nice way of discovering the city is with the Velib, the free bike system in Paris. Bikes are available all around the city and the system is pretty simple to use: you rent a bike and the first 30 minutes are free (and you can get to many places in Paris in 30 minutes!). Once the 30 minutes are over, you are charged every 30 minutes. But you can put down a bike before the 30 minutes have passed, wait for a couple minutes and take a new bike for 30 minutes!  You can either buy an annual subscription for 50€ a year  You can also “rent” a bike each time you wish for 1€ for 24h of use.
  11. 11.  Opening up your bank accountWe have a partnership with Société Générale Flandre (next to the MC office in 19èmearrondissement) that gives you 30 EUROS for free and other benefits (in case of over-payment for example)Generally you need to have the following documents to open a bank account:  Original of convention de stage (just to show them)  Photocopy of convention de stage  Your passport  A photocopy of your passport details  A photocopy of your visa to enter France (if you are Non-EU) & carte de séjour  Proof of lodging (given by AIESEC France)  Last telephone, water or electricity bill of the place you are living in  Some money to open your bank accountOnce you opened your bank account, you will receive a RIB (Relevé d’Identité Bancaire),which is a document containing all the details of your bank account. You can then proceed toget your carte de séjour if you are from a Non-EU country (EU citizens do not need any cartede séjour)We advise you to make a photocopy of your RIB and keep it with you at all times, becausethis document is often asked for. For example, a telephone company will ask you for yourRIB if you wish to obtain a mobile contract in France as most payments are done directly bytransfer in France.  Booking your planeAs soon as you have received confirmation of your start date and approved status from yourconvention de stage, please send us the following information:-- Flight date- Flight number & arrival time (AM or PM)- Airport and terminal of arrival in Paris:It is important to send this information at least 1 week before arrival so we can make surethat someone is there to pick you up and take you to your accommodation.Please also try to arrive at reasonable hours (not before 8AM or after 10PM) so the personresponsible of your arrival won’t have too much difficulty in coming to the airport.If you arrive at Charles de Gaulle Etoile or Orly, a ticket to the center of Paris costs around9€ and takes around 45min. If you arrive at Beauvais airport, which is generally cheaper butfurther away from Paris, you will have to take a busfor 1.5h and it costs 15€.
  12. 12. (Your internship)  Preparation for your internshipWhen preparing all documents for your arrival in France, please make sure you have copiesof all your documents, just in case.AIESEC France and the company coordinator (if there is one) are your main contacts.Please do not contact the manager directly, unless requested, as this might createmiscommunications between AIESEC France and the company.Again, please make sure you always demonstrate a professional attitude towards allparties before, during and after your internship.  Social SecurityAs an intern, your company will declare you to URSSAF, which is the organization takingcare of social security in France. Your company will declare you as their intern but if youwant to benefit from French Social Security, you need to obtain a Social Security number.For this, you should go to the CPAM (Caisse Primaire dAssurance Maladie) and obtain aform called E301. Once you have filled it in, your company needs to sign it. As soon as youget your first pay slip, you can go back to the CPAM and get your Social Security number.For more information go to www.cpam-paris.frTo have more information for about what social security covers in France and what how toprepare for different possibilities (going to the hospital, accident…), you can check thefollowing website:  Company policiesSalaryIf you are working in Paris then the minimum amount of money at hand at the end of themonth should be 900€. This is the NET amount, which means that the company does notdeduct any charges or taxes from this amount. You should always get minimum €900 athand at the end of the month unless you receive in kind benefits such as ticket restaurants,50% reimbursement on Pass Navigo, etc. If you are outside of Paris then your salary shouldbe a minimum of 750€ net, as life is generally more expensive in Paris than in othercities/suburbs.
  13. 13. Holidays/Days offIt is in your interest that at the start of your traineeship youget a confirmation from your company concerning theirpolicies for holidays and days off for interns. This variesgreatly from one company to another. Public holidays arenon-working days (such as May 8th , July 14th, August 15th,November 11th…) and then for other holidays it depends onthe company. There are certain internships where you don’tget any holidays at all: this really depends on the companypolicies. AIESEC cannot set this as a requirement so it is upto you to verify this and negotiate if possible with your HRresponsible once you are settled in France.  TaxesFor all tax related matter, please consult the following website: www.impot.gouv.frTax details are specific for each country so we cannot answer every case, but if there is aparticular matter you wish to settle, we will help you as much as possible.  Relevé de CarrièreIn order to recognize your internship as a working experience which can contribute to yourpension fund in your home country, you should ask for the “relevé de carrière”. Thisdocument will state that you have worked in France for X months and received Y euros foryour work.You should ask for this document BEFORE leaving France. Once you have obtained it,keep it for your retirement days with your salary slips as proof of work experience. When youwill apply for retirement pension, the administration of your country will be able to have all theinformation necessary to prove your work experience in France.The “relevé de carrière” is broken down per trimester and is given for the previous year, soyou might have to recontact the French administration when you are back home to obtain thefull report of your internship.To obtain this document:  If you are a EU-citizen: write a letter stating that you want to obtain your relevé de carrière at “Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie – Retraite”, and do not forget to include your Name, Surname, Address in France and Social Security Number. You can find more information on the following website: Retraite/Releve-Carriere?packedargs=null  If you are a non-EU citizen: you should call the administration first to see what the procedure is, as it varies according to the country and agreements.
  14. 14. (Living in France)  Parlez-vous français?If you would like to improve your level of French or even start learning French while stayingin the country, the City Hall of Paris proposes French classes for reasonable prices. Formore information, please consult the following website: you may also find other opportunities to learn French:    Obtaining a mobile phoneCurrently, our 3 main telephone operators have developed an online system which allowsyou to have unlimited calls in France and to 40 different countries, unlimited texts andInternet for 19.99€ a month. This is really a great opportunity because this system does notrequire you to subscribe for a certain period of time: you can just get a SIM card for a coupleof months and then cancel it, no stress!The 2 recommended operators are:  Free:  B&You: https://www.b-and-you.frWe also advise you to bring your own phone, desimlocked (ie unblocked) so you only haveto pay the cost of the contract and not the phone (especially if you already havesmartphones). These contracts are pretty cheap but the phone prices are high tocompensate so it’s better to bring your own phone with you.  Paris et la France!Paris - known as the city of love, the place of luxury, the home of the EiffelTower - is the land of baguettes, smelly cheese and a fantastic glass ofwine in the middle of the day. It is one of the most popular cities in theworld as it hosts several million visitors per year. It is even said that duringthe summer there are more visitors than Parisians in the city!Paris is an enchanting city to be in, regardless of the time of year: theincreasingly cosmopolitan character of Paris reinforced it as one of the
  15. 15. great metropolises of the world. It is also a grand, evocative and stimulatingplace to visit. It is one of the most romantic cities in the world, if not the mostromantic city ever.The history of Paris spans over 2,500 years, during which time the city grewfrom a small Gallic settlement to the multicultural capital of a modern Europeanstate, and one of the worlds major cities.The French revolution ensured the development of a certain spirit of thought,now a particular western mentality, and a strong sense for the individual prevails. It has also paved the way for an inventive and creative spirit in the arts, architecture, literature and music which enhanced the development of science and technology. The name Paris derives from that of its inhabitants, the Gaulish tribe known as the Parisii. The city was called Lutetia (more fully, Lutetia Parisiorum, "Lutetia of the Parisii"), during the first- to sixth-century Roman occupation; but during the reign of Julian the Apostate (360–363) the city was renamed Paris. On the cutting edge of fashion, Paris is also a great place to enjoy not only haute couture and gourmet cuisine, but to experience the throbbing nightlifeand intense cultural aspects the city has to offer.As the famous touristic attraction, Paris has a plethora of museums andtouristic attractions that can be found throughout the city. Some, like theLouvre, are hard to miss with not just the mile long entrance queue, but also itsbeautiful palace setting housing the world famous Mona Lisa.The city abounds with numerous museums — Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael,Monet, Rodin, Delacroix and Picasso are all represented here. Then there isthe architecturally defying Centre Georges Pompidou where the structure ofthe building has been turned inside out. This national museum is the place togo for lovers of modern art. If museums are not what interest all visitors, there are many other attractions tokeep tourists amused for hours, days, and even weeks! Of course, there is therenowned Eiffel Tower which lights up every hour after 6pm. Walking alongPont Neuf, visitors will be astonished by the beauty of the sparkling tower asthe Seine runs rapidly underneath their feet.Close by is also the cathedral of Notre Dame. The gothic masterpiece is apopular religious tourist attraction, and so is the spectacular Sainte Chapellewhich is famous for its awe-inducing stained-glass windows. Built in thirteenthcentury, Sainte Chapelle represents one of the most complete examples of thestained-glass window art of the time.Another impressive place of worship is the Sacre Coeur. Sitting on top ofMontmartre, it is not so much the building that induces wonder, but rather, the
  16. 16. view from the top. The basilica looks over the whole of Paris and this is one of best views ofParis. The area Montmarte itself is famous for its artistic atmosphere. You can find manypainters, singers in the streets and it full of lovely cafés and restaurants.There is also a great cultural life in theatersand operas. The choice is famously vast:Opéra Garnier, Théâtre du Châtelet and thenational theatres are some of the best-knownin France, but don’t miss the smaller theatreswhere you can also find great plays andcomedies: there is always something going onin Paris!Paris’ towers, churches, palaces, archways,bridges and fountains are renowned worldwide for its splendor and beauty. These monumentsrelate two thousand years of the capital’s glorious past.Nightlife in ParisThe City of Lights’ nightlife is sure to have something for everyone: discos, nightclubs andbars of all kinds and in all districts of the city strive to attract people looking to have a goodtime and hoping to enjoy the night.Techno, house, garage and latino are the popular sounds at discos and clubs at the moment.Admission prices vary from 0€ to 50€ and up! Cocktails prices start from 10€ but are usuallyaround 15€. Clubs open around midnight and tend not to close until dawn.Popular areas include Champs Elysées (pretty chic area with high prices), Montmartre (verycrowded during summer) and Bastille, which is full of clubs and bars. The younger crowdstend to head to Oberkampf, which is becoming increasingly fashionable.The opera, the theatre or cafés where live music is being played are just some of the quieternight outing options. Good music venues are found in the Pigalle area, which has areputation of its own with the Moulin Rouge right in the middle. Another great place for cafésin the evenings is the Marais district.
  17. 17.  French gourmet foodFrance is the country of food! French gastronomy hasan international reputation but we also like simpleproducts: it’s the country of wine, bread and cheese.France is the first producer of wine in the world with 63000 000 hectolitres per year. The most famous are :  Bordeaux (Médoc, Graves, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauterne, Montbazillac);  Bourgogne (Chablis, Côte de nuit, Côte de Beaune, Beaujolais)  Champagnes,  Côte du Rhône,  Côte de Provence, Muscadet…A glass of wine is really appreciated at any meal and goes very well with bread and cheeseof course! French people eat around 167 g. every day of bread and 3.48 million tons areproduced every year.It’s not a real meal for a French if he doesn’t have some bread! France produces also 365different types of cheese made from cow, goat or sheep milk.  BudgetNational museums and monuments are for free for EU residents under 26 (it means thatthose with carte de séjour also apply for this). You generally just have to present your cartede séjour or European ID at the front desk and they will give you a free entrance ticket. Oftenthis benefit applies only for permanent expositions.Here is a non-exhaustive list of some common prices in Paris  Beer (Restaurant or bar): 5-6 €  Wine (Supermarket): from 2€ and up ( a good bottle is generally at 4€)  Cigarettes: 6 € a pack  Coffee (cup): 2 to 3.5 €  Eggs (one dozen): 2.5 €  Haircut: 25 € for men, 30 € for women (short hair) but depending on the area it can go up to 60 €  Baguette (bread): 80 cents - 1 €  Cinema: 8-10 €; 13 € for 3D but you can find offers for students  Newspaper: 1 €  Internet (an hour): 4 €  Restaurant: around 15 € for a main course  Breakfast: 5 €  Lunch: around 10-12 €  Dinner: around 12-15 €  Sandwich: 4 - 6 €  McDonald’s meal: 6 – 7 €  Pizza: 8-11 €  Bus ticket: 1.5 €  Laundry: 3,50 to 4 € for a normal load + 1 Euro for 10 minutes for the dryer  Stamp for Letter: 58 cents
  18. 18.  French habits  Non verbal communication o Making eye contact is a statement of equality in France. It is recognition of the other person’s identity. Refusing to make eye contact gives you distance. o French people have a medium physical distance with each other and the southern you go, the more they are used to touching each other while speaking!  Greetings o French people kiss on the cheek to greet each other; they can kiss 2, 3 or 4 times according to the region! o In a business environment, you shake hands: kissing would be seen as too intimate and not business-like (Travelling in France)  TransportationThe best way to travel in France is to take the train. With the TGV,Marseille in only 3 hours away !If you wish to travel often around France, we advise you to take a“Carte 12-25” which gives you from 25% to 50% reduction on alltrain tickets. This is very convenient if you intend on taking the trainmore than 2 times during your stay. The card costs 49€ and can beobtained at any SNCF agency:  Must-see places  Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) : Nice & Marseille The Côte dAzur, often known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also including the sovereign state of Monaco. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from the Italian border in the east to Saint Tropez, Hyères, Toulon or Cassis in the west. The French Riviera is a major yachting and cruising area with several marinas along its
  19. 19. coast. As a tourist centre it benefits from 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 kilometres (71 mi) of coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts and 3,000 restaurants  Transportation from Paris to Nice : approximately 120€ return for 6h train  Transportation from Paris to Marseille: approximately 100€ return for 3h train  Presence of 2 Local Committees : LC Marseille and LC Nice  Bordeaux Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France. Bordeaux is the worlds major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century. Bordeaux is classified "City of Art and History". The city is home to 362 monuments historiques (only Paris has more in France) with some buildings dating back to roman times.  Transportation from Paris : approximately 120€ return for 3h train  Presence of 1 Local Committee : LC Bordeaux Reims Reims, founded by the Gauls, became a major city during the period of the Roman Empire. Reims played a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France. The Cathedral of Reims (damaged by the Germans during the First World War but restored since) played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey has in the United Kingdom. Reims, along with Épernay and Ay, functions as one of the centres of champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, and most open for tasting and tours. Champagne ages in the many caves and tunnels under Reims, which form a sort of maze below the city. Carved from chalk, some of these passages date back to Roman times.  Transportation from Paris : approximately 50€ return for 1h train  Presence of 1 Local Committee : LC Reims
  20. 20.  Strasbourg : Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. The city and the region of Alsace are historically German-speaking, explaining the citys Germanic name. Strasbourgs historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is fused into the Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the largest in France, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture.  Transportation from Paris : approximately 100€ return for 2.5h train ride  Presence of 1 Local Committee : LC Strasbourg Lyon : Lyon is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière who invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival Fete des Lumieres which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, that earned Lyon the title of Capital of Lights  Transportation from Paris : approximately 60€ return for 2h train ride Biarritz : Biarritz is a city which lies on the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast, in south- western France. It is a luxurious seaside town and is popular with tourists and surfers. The town lies in Basque territory, and Basque flags and symbols are prevalent throughout Biarritz. It is located near to Bayonne: Bayonne has the longest tradition of bull-fighting in France and there is a ring beyond the walls of Grand Bayonne. The season runs between July and September. Bull-fighting is part of the five-day Fêtes de Bayonne which starts on the first Wednesday of August and attracts people from across the Basque Country and beyond. Parades, music, dance, fireworks, food and drink all feature in the celebrations  Transportation from Paris : approximately 100€ return for 5h train ride
  21. 21.  Lille Lille is a city in northern France (French Flanders). It is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country behind those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Lille is situated on the Deûle River, near Frances border with Belgium. Lille features an array of architectural styles with various amounts of Flemish influence: these architectural attributes, many uncommon in France, help make Lille a transition in France to neighboring Belgium, as well as nearby Netherlands and England  Transportation from Paris : approximately 50€ return for 1h train ride  Presence of 1 Local Committee : LC Lille Tours : Tours stands on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers) of its local spoken French, and the Battle of Tours in 732. The Loire Valley is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river. The valley includes historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours. In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites.  Transportation from Paris : approximately 50€ return for 1.5h train ride Grenoble : Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, at the foot of the French Alps. The proximity of the mountains has led to the city being known as the "Capital of the Alps." Grenobles history goes back more than 2,000 years, and it has been the capital of the Dauphiné since the 11th century. It experienced a period of economic expansion in the nineteenth and 20th centuries, symbolized by the holding of the X Olympic Winter Games in 1968. The city is now a significant scientific centre in Europe  Transportation from Paris : approximately 100€ return for 4h train ride  Presence of 1 Local Committee : LC Strasbourg
  22. 22.  Mont Saint Michel (Normandie): Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (just over half a mile) off the countrys north- western coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is 41, as of 2006. The island has been a strategic point holding fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD it became the seat of the Saint-Michel monastery, from which it draws the name. The Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.[1] More than 3,000,000 people visit it each year  Transportation from Paris : approximately 75€ return for 4h train ride
  23. 23. (Contacts) Laurence Dumont Member Committee President and Incoming Exchange Kasia Chareza Member Committee Vice President Talent Management kasia.chareza Fanni Szasznadasy Member Committee Vice President Finance April Ong Mae Vaño Member Committee Vice President Outgoing Exchange april.ongvano Alina BoacaMember Committee Vice President Organisation Development Bryan Corbion Member Committee Vice President Business Development