Now, hear me clearly; I absolutely love the culture, the architectural brilliance, the art, and the undeniable history of France. Many fond memories of mine can be traced right back to this great city. Like when I was asked to be the goodwill ambassador to the United States for UNCTAD (Geneva, Switzerland) in 1989. In this role my first official meeting, and my first real international speech was in Lyon, France.
Exposure to the French culture helped to make me a better leader, and French culture has helped to make this a better world. There is no doubt about it, the world is a better place because France has played a critical role in it. Still does.
But this is a truly crazy place to try to be an entrepreneur or a risk taker.
And the really odd thing is, the word entrepreneur is actually a French word; its origins dating back to 1723.
So the very place that spawned the phrase entrepreneur to begin with, is today one of the toughest places in the world to try to be one.
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