Chinese Business Club

 

 

法华商业俱乐部

 

The Chinese Business Club is a business circle founded in 2012 by Harold Parisot. Every month in Paris, the Club brings together entrepreneurs, investors, politicians, diplomats, journalists, managers, and business leaders.

It is a powerful address book. It offers a “turnkey” service to the member companies, with twelve annual events. The founding President gives us his point of view, exclusively.

 

Why this club? What was your initial idea?

 

The Chinese gave me the idea. I was often in contact with Chinese friends and each time, the Chinese asked me to meet with French brand owners. Sometimes there were brands for sale, personalities or journalists interested in these issues. On many occasions, they asked me to meet Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a French statesman who has done a lot for relations between the two countries.

After the tenth request, I said to myself that something had to be done at last so, I created a small club, a business network, where networking between the French and Chinese would have a very complementary place. The French aim to meet the Chinese; conversely, the Chinese meet the French. This is how it all started, and then it took more than three years to really «take off»! On 15 June 2015, I managed to get Emmanuel Macron to come. He was then Minister of the Economy. Thanks to his presence, the Chinese Business Club took off. This immediately boosted our reputation.

 

Do the French and Chinese really manage to communicate?

 

The French are delighted to meet the Chinese despite the not always positive news. The Chinese are also happy to meet the French because they need them. There has always been a real complementarity between these two populations. These monthly business lunches are important.

Language is not a barrier. There are translators and interpreters who work during these exchanges. In any case, the French speak English and so do the Chinese. There is really no barrier, on the contrary. If the cultures are different, the exchange remains productive and can be useful in the short or long term.

 

How do you see the Chinese yourself?

 

I didn’t know them ten years ago. I have to say that I’m now ‘blown away’ by the Chinese mentality.  I’m happy to have discovered it, it’s a story I like. The Chinese are numerous. They’re hungry, they want to earn money… so they work and make great strides. When there’s a problem, or even an obstacle, they overcome it with ease. I really admire that!

The Chinese are less assisted than we are in their country. Finally, they are more resourceful. «How to get around difficulties…» . We should learn more about this . Both in terms of new strategies and creativity, their determination is also immense, they know how to hold on for the long term. Their spirit is totally «entrepreneurial».

 

Are the French afraid of China?

 

The image of the Chinese has changed a lot in France over the last ten years. In the past, the French tended to think that the Chinese were copiers. Many French people now see the Chinese as new creators. The French should be taught to get to know the Chinese better, which would avoid a certain mistrust of them.

 

A totally different culture between these two worlds leads to a lack of understanding?

 

The Chinese remain discreet and modest. The French perceive this attitude as something they would like to hide…

It’s not that, the issue is the Chinese are simply discreet, they don’t often make their investment intentions known, they act directly after reflection and analysis. These differences are cultural. There is work to be done here, but I can see that the relationship is basically positive.

 

 

Le Chinese Business Club 4

 

法华商业俱乐部是由哈洛德·帕里索先生于2012年在巴黎创立,俱乐部积极致力于发展中法之间的关系,每个月都会在巴黎举办云集法国企业家、政治家、外交官、知名人士、中法商业领袖和企业负责人的聚会。

法华商业俱乐部是法国政商界排名榜上位列第一的商务俱乐部,为一百家会员公司提供个性化服务。巴黎灵感杂志与创始人哈罗德进行独家采访。

 

为什么创建这个俱乐部?您建立的初衷是什么?

 

其实是中国人给了我启发!我经常和中国朋友保持联络,而每一次他们都希望我带他们去会见法国品牌持有者,对品牌收购这些问题感兴趣。在许多时候,他们希望见让-皮埃尔-拉法兰Jean-Pierre Raffarin, 一位为两国关系做了很多工作的法国政治家。在很多次之后,我不禁地想,是不是得做点什么了!

于是我创建了一个小俱乐部,一个商业交流平台,这是一个能让法国人和中国人之间的交流非常互补的地方。法国人的目标是认识中国人;反之中国人也想要认识法国人,这就是一切的开始。

但是需要三年多的时间才真正 «步入正轨»! 2015年6月15日,我成功地邀请了当时的经济部长的埃马纽埃尔-马克龙Emmanuel Macron前来参会。由于他的出席,俱乐部开始飞速发展,并立即提升了俱乐部的声誉 。

 

俱乐部是如何运营的?

 

自2015年以来,这个充满活力的俱乐部一直运作良好。它的知名度很高,我们为此感到自豪。两个关键词总是相关联的:商务和社交,致力于与高层决策者更好地建立联系而不浪费时间。这种优化定位是必要的,部分商务人士专门为了这个目的来的。可以建立各种必要的联系,有可能见到各行各业的人,例如大使、议员、参议员、记者……。

 

法国人和中国人真的能够有效地沟通吗?

 

法国人其实很高兴见到中国人,尽管有时新闻并不总是正面的。中国人也很高兴见到法国人,因为他们需要。这两类群体之间一直存在着真正的互补性。因此每月一次的商务交流午餐非常重要。

语言不是障碍。在这些沟通过程中,有翻译和口译员为之工作。不管怎么样,法国人和中国人都可以讲英语。每个人都可以找到自己的兴趣。恰恰相反,人们之间沟通交流完全没有障碍。而且正是因为文化不同,交流才是富有成效的,并且可以在短期或长期内发挥作用。

 

您自己是如何看待中国人的?

 

十年前我还不认识中国人。我必须说,现在我对中国人的思维感到惊讶。我很高兴能了解这点,我喜欢中国的故事。中国人数量众多,曾经物质缺乏,人们想挣钱……所以他们拼命工作,取得了巨大的进步。中国人遇到问题,甚至是障碍时,他们总能够轻松地克服它。坦率地说,我对此非常欣赏!

中国人一般没有象法国很多福利的帮助,所以他们更加足智多谋,懂得如何克服困难…… 不仅在新的策略,还有创造力方面,法国人应该多学习些。中国人的决心也是坚韧的,他们知道如何长期坚持下去。他们的精神完全是 «企业家精神»。

 

法国人害怕中国吗?

 

过去十年,中国人的形象在法国发生了很大的变化。在过去,法国人普遍倾向于认为中国人是抄袭者。现在许多法国人将中国和中国人视为新的创造者。应该邦助法国人更好地了解中国人,这样可以避免法国对中国的一些不信任。

 

中法是不是因为完全不同的文化导致缺乏理解?

 

中国人一般谨慎和谦虚,法国人常常认为这种态度是因为中国人想隐藏的东西……其实不是这样的,主要是中国人只是很谨慎。他们不经常公开自己的投资意图,而是在思考和分析后直接行动。这些差异的确是文化上的。在这方面我们依然任重而道远,但我们可以看到,目前中法关系基本上是积极向上的。

 

 

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