Dear colleagues, you are welcoming a patient of French origin.
Here is a list of useful information to know in the context of his medical care.
67 million inhabitants / Median salary: 1 789 € per month
Literacy rate: 99% / Life expectancy: 82.5 years
Spoken language: French
● Historically and culturally, France is known as a revolutionary and protesting people.
● As a result of this culture, the French love to debate on all subjects and question established facts.
● France is the country with the highest level of distrust of vaccines in the world, ahead of Gabon and Togo.
● French law prohibits the compilation of ethnic and religious statistics of its population.
● The most common diseases are: COVID-19.
● Beware, French people tend to give their last name before their first name.
● Between relatives, it is customary to greet each other with a kiss (two, three or four depending on the region), or to shake hands.
● In France, the hierarchical distance related to social status is relatively high, which can lead to a strong imbalance in communication with the doctor.
● It is important to know the distinction between the pronouns “Tu” and “Vous“: the vouvoiement is used in a formal setting, to address a stranger, an elderly person or a superior. The tutoiement is used between relatives and friends.
Beliefs, Practices & Rituals
● France is a secular country retaining strong Christian roots.
● The Muslim community represents the 2nd largest religious community in France, estimated at between 7 and 10% of the population.
● In France, the time spent eating is the longest in the world (2h11 per day – 1h31 on average in OECD countries – 1h01 in the United States).
● Bread consumption is quite high as it is present at almost every meal.
● French cuisine is particularly fatty because butter is used a lot.
● The French eat an average of 27.2 kg of cheese per person per year, the 4th largest consumers in the world.
● In France, 17% of the adult population would be obese and 1 child out of 5 overweight.
Pregnancy and motherhood
● Any pregnant woman, including minors, who does not wish to continue a pregnancy may request a termination.
● Medicated voluntary termination of pregnancy may be performed until the end of the 5th week of pregnancy.
● Surgical abortion can be performed until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy.
● In France, vaccination of children is mandatory to be admitted to nursery and school or any other children’s community.
● The number of mandatory vaccines in France has increased from 3 to 11 in 2018, following the observation of the decline in vaccination coverage in the country and a recrudescence of diseases that had disappeared.
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Examples of Cases Encountered
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On December 22, 2017, the Conseil d’Etat confirmed the disbarment of a general practitioner for having included in the health record of a child a vaccination that, in fact, had not been performed. this falsification was originally a request from the mother because of her religious beliefs
● France24.com: The demonstration, in the DNA of the French
● les Echos.fr: Vaccines: the French are the most skeptical in the world
● Francetvinfo.fr: The French are world champions of time spent at the table, with more than two hours per jou
● France24.com : No, the French are not the biggest consumers of cheese in the world
● Sciencesetavenir.fr: 11 vaccines are now mandatory for children since January 1, 2018
● Service-public.fr - The voluntary interruption of pregnancy
● lexpress.fr: A doctor disbarred for writing the false vaccination certificate of a child