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Doing Business in France

American Chamber of Commerce in France
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
The CCIP offers you all you need to know about business in France.


Coface Group
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.


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
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.


French Embassy Trade Office/Mission Economique
810 Seventh Ave., 38th Fl.,
New York, NY 10019-5818
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
Provides information on export and import, trade and investments, as well as arbitration matters.


Invest in France Agency
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
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


About France 


Service Public


French Government


French Government Data


French Law


French Diplomacy

Traveling to France



Air France
Tel: 800-627-5651


American Airlines
Tel: 800-433-7300


Rail Europe
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!


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.
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
800 Lancaster Ave., Ste. M-3
Berwyn, PA 19312

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


Tourist information

Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau
Get the information you need to know before going to Paris.


French Government Tourist Office


Universal Currency Converter
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-
Fax : 011-334-

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 Expatriates


France Service

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

The “Webcenter” for American expatriates in Europe.


Expat Women
The online community for women living abroad.


Moving to France made easy
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
Dedicated to expats worldwide.

French and Francophile Organizations

American Association of Teachers of French


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


Philadelphia Accueil
A francophone welcoming organization for French expat families.


Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia & Wilmington
The Honorable Marine Havel
Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia & Wilmington
French Alliance of Philadelphia
1401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Representative of the French government. By appointment only.


Union des Français à l’Etranger
A resourceful organization, which supports and informs French expatriates.

European and International Organizations



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


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

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


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


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



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


International Visitors Council of Philadelphia
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
One S. Broad St., Ste.2-Mezz.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-561-4700 / 215-561-5661 fax


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

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