“The French, as other Europeans do, work to live, whereas it is said that the Americans live to work. This difference in itself is significant, as relationships for the French supersede the task at hand.
By paying attention to building these relationships, and showing how much you enjoy being with their groups, you start to make inroads to becoming a part of a French networking community. Many French belong to groups established through family, political, or school ties, which began long before they came to the US.
As a result, the best way to approach people at French events is to have someone take you around and introduce you. That way you will be able to pick up quickly who’s who and people will be able to know who you are as well.”