France

Doing Business in France

American Chamber of Commerce in France

www.amchamfrance.org
The French-American Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit, bi-national organization. Our organization seeks to contribute, trough the efforts of our chapters and their members, to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.

 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris
www.ccip.fr
The CCIP offers you all you need to know about business in France.

 

Coface Group
www.coface.com
The Coface Group facilitates business to business trade and helps reduce the related risks. Building on its presence in 75 countries spanning the five continents, Coface offers its 70,000 clients a comprehensive range of products and services that are essentials to the development of international trade. The Coface Group helps businesses identify potential customers and suppliers throughout the world and provides credit information on their trading partners.

 

@Rating
www.cofacerating.com
Cofaceratings handles every aspect of trade-risk management via the @rating family of products. The @rating Service is an easy to use online rating system that allows companies to keep a constant watch over the quality of their customers and suppliers. @rating Protection gives companies the opportunity to protect against the risk of non-payment. The @rating Quality Label endorses a company’s ability to meet its business obligations, regardless of company size, type of business or country.

 

Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center
www.buyusa.gov/philadelphia
www.buyusa.gov/france/en/regionaloffices.html
601 Walnut St., Ste. 580 West
Philadelphia, PA  19106-3304
215-597-7141 / 215-597-6123 Fax
Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce that places primary emphasis on the promotion of exports of goods and services from the U.S., particularly by small and medium-sized businesses, and on the protection of United States business abroad.

 

UBIFrance
French Embassy Trade Office/Mission Economique
www.ubifrance.fr
810 Seventh Ave., 38th Fl.,
New York, NY 10019-5818
212-307-8800
Agency of the French government, placed under the authority of the Ministry for Economics, in charge of the promotion of French products, services and investments in the US. It provides information on French firms looking for partnerships, investments or export opportunities in the US.

 

International Chamber of Commerce
www.iccwbo.org
Provides information on export and import, trade and investments, as well as arbitration matters.

 

Invest in France Agency
www.investinfrance.org
810 Seventh Avenue, Ste. 3800
New York, NY 10019
212-757-9340 / 212-245-1568 fax
Agency of the French government responsible for assisting U.S. and Canadian companies find the most profitable option for their new business development in France.

French Government Resources

French Embassy in Washington
www.info-france-usa.org
Your gateway to official French sites, links to French government ministries, embassies, departments and cities; French media, athletic associations, research institutions, culture and French search engines.

 

French Consulate in Washington – French Visa Issues
www.consulfrance-washington.org

 

About France
www.france.fr 

 

Service Public
www.service-public.fr

 

French Government
www.gouvernement.fr

 

French Government Data
www.data.gouv.fr

 

French Law
www.legifrance.gouv.fr

 

French Diplomacy
www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

Traveling to France

Transportation:

 

Air France
www.airfrance.com 

www.airfrance.fr
Tel: 800-627-5651

 

American Airlines
www.aa.com
Tel: 800-433-7300

 

Rail Europe
www.raileurope.com
Tel: 1-877-257-2887
Rail Europe is your one source for European train travel. Go online and plan your next trip to France and Europe. Arrange tickets or consider the EuroRail passes that give you unlimited train travel for the duration you select!

Tranline

www.thetrainline.com

Trainline is Europe’s leading train and coach app. They work with 207 rail and coach companies to offer customers travel to thousands of destinations in and across 45 countries in Europe.

Rental Properties:

Rent a property, a villa or an apartment in France for your next vacation.

 

Doorways, Ltd.
www.villavacations.com
900 County Line Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2502
Tel: 610-520-0806 or 800-261-4460
Also offers properties in Spain, Italy or Germany.

 

Just France
www.justfrance.com
800 Lancaster Ave., Ste. M-3
Berwyn, PA 19312

Tel: 610-407-9633 or 1-877-343-3351

 

Tourist information

Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.paris-touristoffice.com
Get the information you need to know before going to Paris.

 

French Government Tourist Office
www.franceguide.com

 

Universal Currency Converter
www.xe.com/ucc
The world’s most popular currency tool that allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations.

 

Hotels in Paris:

 

Sofitel Demeure – Arc de Triomphe
Just steps away from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, in the heart of Paris’ business and leisure district. The beautiful hotel was built during the “Baron Haussmann era” and is close to Parc Monceau, the shops of Paris “Golden Triangle” and Faubourg St Honoré, museums, the Salle Pleyel concert hall and the Lido. Fine French cuisine at the ” Le Clovis” restaurant. TV pay per view. 128 rooms and 6 suites. 4 non-smoking floors.

 

Sofitel Demeure – Le Faubourg
In the heart of Paris, between the Place de la Concorde, the fabulous shops of the Faubourg Saint Honoré, and the Champs-Elysées, this hotel comprises 2 buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, is near the Louvre and Orsay Museums, the theatres and concert halls, and a short stroll from the Tuileries Gardens and the banks of the Seine. Refined cuisine. Jazzy piano & fire place. Library. Meeting rooms. Turkish bath, jogging. TV pay per view. 154 rooms and 20 suites. 4 non-smoking floors.

 

Sofitel Demeure – Le Parc
Carefully guarded secret in the heart of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées and the Palais des Congrès and just steps away from Place Victor Hugo and the Trocadéro. Architecture and lavish interior design creating an Anglo-Norman manor atmosphere. The “59 Poincaré” restaurant inspired by Alain Ducasse unveils a surprising menu based on vegetables, lobster, beef and fruit. Bar & Library Lounge. Meeting Rooms. Fitness Center. TV pay per view. Paying car park nearby. 116 rooms and suites.

 

Sofitel La Défense Grande Arche
The hotel is located in the new business district of La Defense, close to the Grande Arche and the CNIT exhibition center. Spit-roast cuisine at Avant Seine restaurant, 6 meeting rooms, Bar 6, fitness center, TV pay per view. 384 rooms. 8 non-smoking floors.

 

Hotels in Lyon:

 

Accor’s Sofitel Lyon Royal Hotel
20 Place Bellecour
69002 Lyon, FRANCE
Tel :  011-334-78.37.57.31
Fax : 011-334-78.37.01.36
h2952@accor.com

The Sofitel Lyon Royal Hotel is located on Place Bellecour, one of the largest squares in Europe, planted with horse chestnut trees and covered in an ochre coloured clay, right in the middle of the Lyon peninsula. 79 rooms and 1 suite. Non smoking floor. Pay per view television. Light meals at Le Petit Prince Bar. Meeting rooms for up to 8 persons. Tennis, golf and parking garage nearby. 

 

Expatriate Services:

FRENCH EXPATRIATE SERVICES:

 

French Expatriates
www.expatries.org

 

France Service
www.franceservice.com

Provides vital info if you are living or if you want to live in the U.S. Their “dossiers” address issues such as immigration, taxes, insurances, inheritance, marriage, divorce, the American school system and the like.

 

Maison des Français de l’Etranger
www.fiafe.org/menuactu.htm
Info for French people who are living or want to live abroad. Info about cities, job openings, internships, formalities on how to come back to France, etc.


AMERICAN EXPATRIATE SERVICES:


American Citizens Abroad
www.aca.ch
Non profit, non partisan association dedicated to serving and defending the interests of individual US citizens living worldwide.

 

Expatriates.com
www.expatriates.com
The online community for expatriates. Make sure to have a look at their excellent Resource Directory listing books articles, files about varied topics.

 

Expat Boards
www.expatboards.com

The “Webcenter” for American expatriates in Europe.

 

Expat Women
www.expatwomen.com
The online community for women living abroad.

 

Moving to France made easy
www.moving-to-france-made-easy.com
This website is dedicated to Americans who plan to move to France. It provides contacts and answers to any question or issue you might have.

 

Allo’ Expat
www.alloexpat.com
Dedicated to expats worldwide.

French and Francophile Organizations

American Association of Teachers of French
www.frenchteachers.org

 

Alliance Française
www.afphila.com
1420 Walnut St., Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-735-5283 / 215-735-1181 fax

 

Philadelphia Accueil
www.philadelphieaccueil.com
A francophone welcoming organization for French expat families.

 

Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia & Wilmington
www.france-consulat.org
www.consulfrance-washington.org
The Honorable Michael E. Scullin, Esq.
Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia & Wilmington
One Penn Center at Suburban Station
1617 JFK Blvd. Ste. 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-557-2975
ConsulFrancais@yahoo.com
Representative of the French government. By appointment only.

 

Union des Français à l’Etranger
www.ufe-philadelphie.org
A resourceful organization, which supports and informs French expatriates.

European and International Organizations

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONS:

 

European Union in United States
www.eurunion.org
The official web site of the European Union in United States.

 

British-American Business Council
www.babcgp.com
200 S. Broad St., Ste. 700
Philadelphia, PA  19102-3896
215-790-3686 / 215-790-3600 fax


German-American Chamber of Commerce
www.gaccphiladelphia.com
1617 JFK Blvd. Ste. 340
One Penn Center
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-665-1585 / 215-665-0375 fax

 

Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.
www.iabcn.org
1420 Walnut St., Ste. 924
Philadelphia, PA  19102
215-772-3101 x 22 / 215-772-3109 fax

 

Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce
www.sacc-philadelphia.org
200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-790-3785 / 215-790-3888


INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

 

Foreign Policy Research Institute
www.fpri.org
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3684
215-732-3774 / 215-732-4401 fax

 

International Visitors Council of Philadelphia
www.ivc.org
IVC- U.S. State Department Leadership & Training Programs
Sister Cities Program, City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Trade Office
1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-683-0999 / 215-683-0998 fax

 

World Affairs Council
www.wacphila.org
One S. Broad St., Ste.2-Mezz.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-561-4700 / 215-561-5661 fax

 

World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
www.wtcphila.org
1500 John F Kennedy Blvd #305
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-586-4240 / 215-636-9026 fax

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