How it helps, in France, to have a bit of "piston"
There"s a great French word "pistonner" - from piston, a noun that English shares with French. Basically, "pistonner" means to give someone a leg-up. If you say you"ve got "du piston", it means you know somebody in some position of influence, who might be inclined to help you.
As a foreigner in France, all you can do is look on and observe how the system works. Everybody knows that in job recruitment, for example, it still counts for a lot to have someone put a word in. The idea of oneself having a bit of "piston", well it"s all a bit unlikely. Until the day comes... well, let me tell you the story.