Doing Business in France. Make It or Break It.
Parler Paris Previews…
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Whether it’s a “pied-à-terre” with a view of the Eiffel Tower sparkling its 20,000 lights against the dark night sky…Or an apartment with a vine-covered terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea…Or a stone cottage next to a field of lavendar in Provence.
If you’ve ever dreamed owning your own little piece of France, no matter how small or grand, no matter where your heart takes you, then French Property Insider is exactly what you need to get you on your way.
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
These four Japanese businessmen in their black suits and computer bags, gazing wondrously at the Arc de Triomphe and the traffic circle where 12 streets converge in a star pattern we call the “Etoile,” reminded me of the difficulties we non-French have hurdling the cultural business divide.
At the Working and Living in France conferences, there are always a few individuals with entrepreneurial spirits raring to take out their business plans and their capital bucks to realize some new and fabulous idea they have for starting a business in France. I will never forget Hat Sternstein in our first conference the Fall of 2002 when she declared she wanted to open a gourmet pet bakery. And why not? The French have more dogs than they have hairs on their heads…”Wouldn’t it be a perfect new business to start in France?” she said. Almost three years later, she succeeded, but not without tearing out most of her own hairs along the way. Last Thursday, she inaugurated “Mon Bon Chien” at 12, rue Mademoiselle in the 15th (Métro Commerce, 01.48.28.40.12, firstname.lastname@example.org), so be sure to pay her a visit and treat your pup to fine Franco-American pet pastry.
Parler Paris reader Nancy Szczepanski bit the bullet, moved to France a couple months ago after a seven-year stint in Japan where she taught English at the university level. She quickly registered as a “Travailleur Indépendant” (freelance worker) and started looking for clients, jobs and projects. Her methodology included volunteering where she could network, meet people and show off her capabilities (until this week, she’s been the Parler Paris Calendar Gal!). As volunteer staff at the conference, we were blessed by her ability to make a professional presentation on Learning the Language when our scheduled speaker had a family emergency just a few minutes before show-time! And now, she’s so loaded with work that she must give up her volunteer responsibilities. “Tant pis!”
I’m going over the hurdles, too, even after all these years. First, I opened a “surcursale” (branch) of my U.S. company, only to discover that once I had French residency, all U.S. profits would fall under French law, increasing my tax liabilities to France. Of course, France would love that, but my pocketbook would suffer. So, I chose to officially open a French company (effective July 1, “Parler_France, EURL”) and dissolve the branch. The time, effort and cost was not only wasted, but doubled in changing the decision. While it’s not all that difficult to do, the procedures and paperwork were cumbersome and the expense about ten times more than in the U.S. Ouch!
Hat, Nancy and I have all had advisors, attorneys and friends who have kept us on the straight and narrow path to success, with just a few crooks and turns along the way. I cannot stress the importance enough for taking professional advice or having a French friend guide you through the cultural clashes you’re sure to experience.
For a brief listing of some of our finest contacts, visit /parlerparis/services/index.html If you’re thinking of bringing large enterprise to France, then get in contact with the Paris Regional Development Agency at http://www.paris-region.fr/ard_uk/default.asp
Beware. Some ventures are more difficult than others. Some make it. Some break it. Those who succeed have a few things in common: 1) determination and will, 2) good advice and 3) willingness to take the risk without fear of failure.
A la prochaine…
P.S. If you’re more serious about investing than starting a business, now’s the time to get serious more than ever before! The dollar is stronger (1.23 today!) and inventory is limited so prices are rising and so are property values. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn all you need to know at our seminar here in Paris this coming August 10th…one day of intensive presentations related to buying, owning, renting property — in short, “Invest in France.” Condensed to just the crux of what you need to know at a one-day price, it’s a perfect opportunity for the would-be investor. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_AUG_2005/IIF_home.html for more information and to register directly online.
* So-long and congratulations to Nancy Szczepanski who is now working too much to devote her precious hours to Parler Paris Previews! And WELCOME Torontonian Lynda Sydney as official Parler Paris staff effective today…Assistant, Customer Service, Copywriter, Calendar Gal and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, among other responsibilities! Lynda can be reached for all Calendar announcements at Calendar@ParlerParis.com and for all other Parler Paris customer requests, email@example.com
* In Jean Taquet’s June 1st column, he talks about the new law called “La loi de programmation pour la cohésion sociale modifie le régime des meublés.” For those of you who own an apartment in Paris you rent to vacationers or have rented a vacation apartment, this law may or may not concern you. To read the column in its entirety, click on /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html and to download the last 11 years of his sane advice compiled into one fascinating document, “The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France,” click here: http://www.insiderparisguides.com/answers/index.html
* Let us put you in touch with the lenders for your French mortgage. It’s easier than you may think.
* Many people don’t have the time nor the resources to look for their own little piece of France. Let us make your dream to live in France come true.
* So you went to French class and learned the “subjonctif?” And now you still can’t speak? All you need is a little practice to get talking! Practice speaking French and English with people from all over the world at Parler Parlor…
If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, continue to please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney: Calendar@ParlerParis.com We reserve the right to edit as necessary.
Thank you, Adrian
ONE WORLD ACTORS
ENTENTE CORDIALE CENTENARY THEATRE FESTIVAL
Saison: Alliances, Romantisme et Realisme:
1) COLOMBA de Prosper Merimee,
2)LES CAPRICES DE MARIANNE d’Alfred de Musset
3) TWO by Jim Cartwright
THEATRE DARIUS MILHAUD
ONE NIGHT MEMBERSHIP entrance TARIF : 16 Euros Tarif
La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera in Three Acts Word and music by Scott Joplin Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., through June 19
Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris
Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.<
The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King. Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of raising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote.
The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”
The following further readings have been organized by Moving Parts with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English:
June 12 Barratt Walton “Women, Ghosts and Bears”
Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
Bilingual Acting Workshop
Don’t miss an evening of wonderful performances, showcasing some of the best that contemporary Broadway has to offer, from recognizable to obscure! Includes songs from: Chess, Eligies, Fosse, The Life, Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Sunday in the Park with George, Wicked, and more!
with performances by:
3 shows only:
Come, give your regards to Broadway!!
Galerie Anne Vignial
Exposition “Rue Des Artistes”
Vernissage June 2, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Special opening hours: June 3, 4, and 5 — 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
La Capitale Galerie
Vernissage Tuesday, June 14th, from 6 p.m.
Brentano’s is delighted to welcome again Constance Borde and
Please call Brentano’s to reserve your place: 01 42 61 52 50.
May 31-June 5 –TOWER THEATRE COMPANY-14th ANNUAL SEASON IN PARIS’
Shakespeare production in Paris this summer will be ROMEO and JULIET. performed in English with subtitles in French Performances in the beautiful Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne will run at the following times: May 31, and June 1 at 12:00 p.m., June 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m., June 4 at 3:30 and 7:00 and June 5 at 3:30 p.m. Prices for tickets bought at the Théâtre de Verdure box office will be: Adults 15 Euros (Concessions 12 Euros) Children under 12 years of age, 6 Euros. http://www.towertheatre.org.uk/paris.htm
Charles Harvey Trio in Concert
June 2 at 8:30 p.m.
AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS, Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 8 p.m.
The American School of Modern Music Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Browman presents-Jazz Night
This talented group of musicians will share their passion for that most American of all musical forms. Don’t miss our second annual Jazz Night. And bring your friends!Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007
For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
Next Meeting: June 14th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Cocktail Buffet.
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)
Wednesday, June 1 6:30 p.m. Paris
Miriam Dyak started a self development institute in Seattle, Washington, has written a manual on Voice Dialogue and conducts dreamwork and training.
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREES DINNERS EVERY SUNDAY AT 6:30 p.m.
June 5, 2005
“Why French Men Are The Way They Are” (A Historical Perspective). Featuring Historian Gil Mihaely.
The Evolution of French Masculinity from a historical perspective
PARIS SOIREES: Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.
Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the Ile St. Louis Métro: Sully-Morland (closest) or Pont-Marie.
PARTICIPATION: It’s 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Thanks for reserving via return
27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
ynes Atelier A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire 75014 Paris
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html
WORDS THAT SELL! English Copywriter
Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at email@example.com
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.
Tell your French friends!
Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at 06.32.20.47.10 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com
Parlor Times –
Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l”Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber
At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Award-Winning Chef Offers Cooking Class!
Christian Constant Prepares Some of His Seafood Specialties
Monday, June 6, 2005 9:30 to 14:30
This month brings a focus on seafood. Christian has planned a medley of wonderful dishes, including a bouillon de langoustines and papillote de langoustines and then a blue European lobster with a macedoine de légumes in a homemade mayonnaise. The lesson will culminate in a dessert of cerises poêle (cherries jubilee). After class, the attendees will sample wine while enjoying a tasting of the dishes. Then, optionally, everyone is invited to join Christian and Catherine Constant for lunch at Les Fables de la Fontaine. The presentation will be in both French and English. Attendees will learn excellent cooking tips from the master who has trained many of the renowned chefs in France. Attendance is limited to twelve participants.
Cost is 140 Euros per person for the class; 185 Euros for those who will also be eating lunch with Christian in his newest restaurant, Les Fables de la Fountaine, just two doors down from the Violon d’Ingres.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear one of the most distinguished political theorists of our time, the author of the international best seller Jihad Versus McWorld, the theory classic Strong Democracy, and, most recently, The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House.
Dr. Barber is the Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and Wilson H. Elkins Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He served as director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy at Rutgers University for 12 years, where he also held the Walt Whitman Chair of Political Science. Dr Barber is a principal of the Democracy Collaborative, with offices in New York, and Maryland. Internationally renowned, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America and abroad.
He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the United States and Europe, including Democratic Chairman Howard Dean, former President Bill Clinton, and former Senator Bill Bradley.
Contribution 10 euros or whatever you can pay Please RSVP by return mail (warning: space is limited to 50)
At the home of C
Sunday Night at the Movies, June 12, 8:15 p.m.
A Patriot Act by Mark Crispin Miller author of The Bush Dyslexicon and Cruel & Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order
It’s not just about oil. It’s not just about money. And it’s much worse than you think.
A Patriot Act is a chilling indictment of the stealth movement to subvert the US Constitution and replace American democracy with religious values.
At the home of John Morris 56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris (Ring bell marked “Hoban”)
Contribution: 5 euros
Do NOT RSVP by reply email. (Warning: places are limited to 60 so first RSVP, first serve)
7:30 p.m. drinks, 8:00 Dinner
A JUST PEACE FOR THE PALESTINIANS
The Democratic Party has been as inactive on ideas for peace between Israelis and Palestinians as has the Bush administration. Clearly, the issue is a thorny one. Our June event is an effort to approach the issue from a viewpoint of what would constitute a fair peace for the Palestinians while not compromising Israel’s security. It is not intended as Israel vs. Palestine, but Israel and Palestine.
Michel Warschawski, President of the Israel-Palestinian Alternative Information Center (AIC) of Jerusalem
Warschawski is an Israeli author and tireless activist for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. In 1982, during the Israel invasion of Lebanon, he was one of the founders of Yesh Gvul (“There is a Limit”), a movement of soldiers and reserve officers against the war and occupation. He has published numerous works on the issue, available in French.
Richard Wagman President of the French Jewish Peace Union (UJFP — Union Juive Française pour la Paix)
Moderated by Rey Riemer DAF Vice-Chair, who will present a review of US policy on Israel.
To be held at:
In order to comply with the McCain Feingold act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant. Please send your check for 32 Euros made out to “Les Noces de Jeannette” to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse. To pay at the door (by check or cash at the door) call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at 01 30 52 34 92 or Janice Mitchell at 01 46 33 32 91or Ellie Shaffer at 01 43 20 78 01. Please leave your information clearly and slowly when you call this numbers and reach a message machine!
The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert.
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.
JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.
American Library in Paris 10, rue du Général-Camou 75007 Paris Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
Dems Abroad France is closing the season before summer arrives with a political get-together.
Sunday, June 19, 6 p.m.
Ann Fagan Ginger Human Rights and Peace Lawyer
Challenging U.S. Human Rights since 9/11
Ann Fagan Ginger is a distinguished Human Rights lawyer based in San Francisco at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley. She is an expert in civil liberties law and peace law under the statutes of the United States and the United Nations. She has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ann has just completed editing a book concerning the 30 types of human rights violations committed by the U.S. Government since 9/11 (didn’t we used to be the good guys?).
The book includes a discussion of the 9/11 Commission and the efforts by certain American cities and states to oppose the Patriot Act. Ann is in France to present a report to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers Congress meeting in Paris.
She has been received enthusiastically at speaking events ranging from journalists at Stanford University to representatives of the UN Human Rights Committee.
For more background on Ann Fagan Ginger, visit http://mcli.org
"Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">At the home of Connie Borde
"Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">At the home of Connie Borde
Please RSVP, Payment may be made by check or credit card.
JUNE EVENTS AT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS TARGET OBESITY
The American Hospital of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. Two free community events in June will feature speakers and provide information on preventing childhood obesity and new insights into diabetes and obesity relating to women’s health.
According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30% of children 6 to 10 years of age are overweight and 15% are obese, higher than ever before. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases which were once only prevalent among adults.
Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.
The Second Annual Children’s day, organized by the Pediatrics Department of the American Hospital of Paris, focuses on Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Challenge of the 21st Century. Pediatricians and health professionals will be speaking on the diagnosis, cause and long-term consequences of obesity in childhood and adolescence, and will review common diet mistakes, the psychology of obese children and orthopedic issues these children may face.
Obesity plays a significant role in causing poor health in women, negatively affecting quality of life and shortening life span. More than half of adult U.S. women are overweight, and more than one-third are obese. Prevention and early treatment of obesity are crucial to ensuring the health of women of all ages.
June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
The Hospital’s Foundation is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Iris Cantor Women’s Health Lecture, Robin Goland, M.D., a nationally recognized endocrinologist and leading expert on diabetes and obesity, will give a lecture titled, Weigh Less! Live Longer! New Ideas in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.
The lecture is free and seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.
Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml
Année du Brésil en France
Foire à La Brocante
Considered by professionals to the “best market of the year.”
The Firemen on Display!
2 to 12 June, 11th
5 June: Carnival of the 20th
Gay Pride Parade June 25
26 June, 10th
2 July, 12th, 6:30 p.m.
22-23 July, 6th, 18th, 13th
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Doing Business in France. Make It or Break It.
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