France seen by a binational, Hassan Hachem

While France has many immigrants in its ranks who have contributed to the richness and diversity of the country, it also has many binationals, who often have a useful look at our country because it is nuanced.

Hassan Hachem, French-Lebanese entrepreneur shares this relationship with France.

Hassan Hachem continued his education in French schools and finished his studies with a diploma of DPLG architect at the University of Paris Tolbiac.

"Of course, this journey has long shaped my thinking, my vision of architecture, seeing the world and even somewhere to consider business.

Even though I am established in Lebanon, France remains deeply rooted in me. Its stability, its quality of life, the solidity of its ecohassnomy are precious elements in a world that is becoming more and more uncertain. Despite the debt crisis, artificially inflated by speculators and the media, thanks to external factors (actual Greek or Irish debt crisis), the situation in France has not changed so much. It is an old country where life is good, a true state of law. It is worth remembering it in the current context of a crisis of confidence.

Secondly, my attachment to France is also a real commitment to its values: I find myself totally in the national motto (freedom, equality, fraternity). It is perhaps when I am abroad that I realize how much my values, our values ​​(those of the French) have been transmitted to me by this country. The love of a job well done, the "positive" ambition (the one that gives me the strength to succeed), the entrepreneurship, the sense of the common good, the democratic values, all this is at the heart of the French culture and I really identify with this. But, I regret that some of the traditional French values ​​like the value of the family tend to fade in favor of the welfare state. Paradoxically, it is perhaps the difficulties of the French social model, which will lead the French to refocus on the family. It's a shame, but in the long run, it may be beneficial. "

After, chained Hassan Hachem, "I have emotional ties with France which is a literally charming country. It starts with the French among whom I count half of my friends, these famous French who, even if they are considered arrogant abroad (it is perhaps related to the status of former colonial power from which they come ), are whole people who privilege authentic relationships and are, most of the time, faithful in friendship. "

France is nevertheless popular abroad

Hassan Hachem, while aware of France's strengths, remains astonished by the popularity of tourism as a tourist destination: France recorded 83.7 million visitors to his country last year, according to the World Tourism Organization United Nations. "Only one other country has crossed the 70 million mark - the United States, with 74.8 million" recalls Hassan Hachem, while Britain has moved to eighth place, with 32.6 million people - no more than a third of the score of France. From another point of view, this means that a country collects about eight percent of the total number of international tourists in the world (about 1.133 billion last year).

So how is a nation - not always famous for the warmth of its welcome, and where English, the world language, is far from being generalized - perched high on the podium? Here we look at some of the reasons for this success.

1. The British love it

The two peoples had their share of historical quibbles. A quote attributed to the British nineteenth century writer Douglas William Jerrold: "The best thing I know between France and England is the sea." But since the beginning of the twentieth century - before the beginning of mass tourism - the agreement was largely cordial

Countries where tourists are more numerous than locals.

For the French authorities, nearly 12.5 million Britons cross the channel every year. Only Spain is more visited than France by the suejt of his majesty. But France will always be there. As Abta spokesman Sean Tipton says: "Since the British started to go on holiday abroad, France is one of their favorite destinations ... millions of British holidaymakers fly away every year."

2. And everyone in Europe too

According to official statistics, tourism from Europe accounts for more than 80% of visitors in France - and it is not even the British who go there the most. They flock to the country from Germany, which has the largest number of Francophiles with 13 million per year (according to 2013 figures), Belgium (10.5 million), Italy (7.8 million ) and many other countries.

3. The number of borders

France shares borders with eight different nations, which means that it is even easier for all these Francophiles to move. It is not difficult either for British visitors, with Eurostar, Eurotunnel, and a constant procession of ferries connecting us to continental Europe. France, however, is not the country with the most borders in Europe. Germany has nine (Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) - but has suffered from a problem of image among foreign visitors for many years (perception that seems to be changing). And Russia and China each have 14 borders - they host a significant number of tourists, but not as much as France.

4. France will always have Paris

"Paris is always a good idea," says Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 film, Sabrina. As his character has suggested, Paris has been the world's most romantic destination in the popular imagination since time immemorial, a perception reinforced by films like Amelie in recent years. But not so long ago, competition from its rival in the UK, as far as visitor numbers are concerned, was confirmed by hostile remarks by London mayor Boris Johnson.

5. The climate

The association Abta attributes part of the attraction of France to "a mild climate in spring and autumn". And then, there are the beautiful hot summers that attract waves of sun-hunter every year.
"Of the 60% of French people who go on holiday, 80% stay in their own country," says Hassan Hachem. "Could there be better publicity for the place as a holiday destination?"

6. Heritage sites

We are talking about quality, not quantity here. France is behind some countries in terms of the number of UNESCO World Heritage sites (Italy has the most with 51, with France in fourth position on "fair" 41). But it is the profile and the raw appeal which counts, as Hassan Hachem still underlines it.

"Few other nations have cared so much about their past - cathedrals, castles," Hassan Hachem says. "Once again, few other nations have so little talent to present this past in a captivating, or even interesting, way. But the sites like the castles of the Loire or the Mont St Michel are resistant enough to resist the French temptation to crash on the historical boredom. "

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