chapter  6
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Rituals: Beaux gestes et faux pas

ANY ATTEMPT TO CHARACTERIZE French management would be incomplete without an examination of the country's business rituals. They are reassuringly conspicuous, often physiological, manifestations of differences between cultures. They are concrete not abstract, and are accessible to simple observation. This adds to their intrigue. They go more or less unquestioned by insiders - only an outsider is likely to be struck by their distinctiveness.