How do I open a shop business in France?

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I am an American who has lived in France and who now lives back in USA. I want to open a shop in Lyon that would import products from America.

  1. What is the very first thing I need to do to start this process. Do I need to contact the Chambre de commerce a Lyon, do I need to contact the French embassy here in USA?
  2. I will be going to Lyon this summer to look at stores and to speak with a rental agent. before I do this what must I have done?
  3. How long will it take to set this process up before I can move to Lyon and open the store? How much paper work is needed? What can I do to make this go faster?
  4. Am I an auto-entrepreneur or something else? What category do I fall into?
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