A BRI­TISH EX­PAT’S VIEW

Business Traveller - - BUSINESS IN... PARIS -

Adam Ram­jean, in­vestor re­la­tions man­ager at Pernod Ri­card: “Be­fore mov­ing to Paris, I worked for Pernod Ri­card UK, a French wine and spirit com­pany based in Chiswick. Work­ing for the same multi­na­tional has cer­tainly made my tran­si­tion eas­ier. The en­vi­ron­ment is a lit­tle more for­mal in Paris and hours can be longer, but there is a much bet­ter work-life bal­ance.

“The most ob­vi­ous chal­lenge, and one I’m yet to over­come fully, is the lan­guage. You can eas­ily get by with only a few phrases but if you re­ally want to fit in, you need to learn French.

“Pa­per­work and pay­ments were a bit of a learn­ing curve. Not ev­ery shop ac­cepts cards, and cheques are still a valid form of pay­ment in a lot of places. Mak­ing bank pay­ments aren’t as straight­for­ward as sort code/ ac­count num­ber – you need to pro­vide a printed out ‘RIB’, which feels ar­chaic.

“One thing I never ex­pected is how much cleaner and greener Lon­don feels. Paris has some great parks – I par­tic­u­larly like Parc des Buttes-Chau­mont – but Lon­don has a lot more.

“Over­all, I don’t think the dif­fer­ence be­tween Lon­don and Paris is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant. The same trends are present in most Western cities and defin­ing how their cul­tures are de­vel­op­ing. You have the same back­drop of in­creas­ingly unattain­able house prices, stu­dent debt, aus­ter­ity and the growth of dig­i­tal. All of th­ese shared fac­tors are bring­ing us closer to­gether.”

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