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What is the market opportunity in France?

With a GDP of US$2,775 billion at current prices in 2018, France is the world’s sixth-largest economy after the United States, China, Japan and Germany and United Kingdom. The country was Europe’s leading host country for foreign subsidiaries in 2015, with more than 28,000, compared with 27,700 in Germany and 22,200 in the United Kingdom.

France is the third-largest economy in Europe, with more than 66 million consumers, and has the highest fertility rate in Europe (Eurostat, 2016). Its central location also provides easy access to EMEA markets.

France’s attractiveness improved further in 2018 (+1.7%), despite the slowdown in global growth, economic tensions and rising protectionism. A new record was set with 1,323 foreign investment projects a figure greater than the previous record high of 1,298 projects in 2017.

France is, first and foremost, an open and welcoming country, with no fewer than 30,000 foreign companies,

employing two million people, accounting for 25% of R&D expenditure and 31% of exports. In addition, 343,400 foreign students chose France for their studies in 2017-2018, up 4.5% on the previous year.

France is also an innovative country with a wealth of talent. It is home to one million engineers, the largest number in Europe along with Germany, and is among the leading countries in Europe for the number of students in advanced research.

France is, moreover, a country fully committed to the digital revolution, and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. France has 300 incubators and 50 accelerators spread across the country.

All of these key assets have been strengthened by almost two years of reforms. A law regarding the action

plan for the growth and transformation of enterprises, which came into effect in the spring of 2019. This confirms France’s ability to adapt, along with its desire to simplify the life of entrepreneurs and both national and international investors. There is no doubt that the continuation of the reform process initiated by the

government will further strengthen France’s attractiveness in the coming months.

According to the local trade bureau Business France, what is the estimated revenue from FDI business annually?

There are 28,000 foreign companies, employing two million people and accounting for 21% of R&D expenditure and 31% of exports. In value, FDI flows in France in 2018 represented € 32 billion, compared with €26 billion in 2017 with total FDI stocks amounting to €721 billion in 2018.

 

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What is the market opportunity in France?

With a GDP of US$2,775 billion at current prices in 2018, France is the world’s sixth-largest economy after the United States, China, Japan and Germany and United Kingdom. The country was Europe’s leading host country for foreign subsidiaries in 2015, with more than 28,000, compared with 27,700 in Germany and 22,200 in the United Kingdom.

France is the third-largest economy in Europe, with more than 66 million consumers, and has the highest fertility rate in Europe (Eurostat, 2016). Its central location also provides easy access to EMEA markets.

France’s attractiveness improved further in 2018 (+1.7%), despite the slowdown in global growth, economic tensions and rising protectionism. A new record was set with 1,323 foreign investment projects a figure greater than the previous record high of 1,298 projects in 2017.

France is, first and foremost, an open and welcoming country, with no fewer than 30,000 foreign companies,

employing two million people, accounting for 25% of R&D expenditure and 31% of exports. In addition, 343,400 foreign students chose France for their studies in 2017-2018, up 4.5% on the previous year.

France is also an innovative country with a wealth of talent. It is home to one million engineers, the largest number in Europe along with Germany, and is among the leading countries in Europe for the number of students in advanced research.

France is, moreover, a country fully committed to the digital revolution, and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. France has 300 incubators and 50 accelerators spread across the country.

All of these key assets have been strengthened by almost two years of reforms. A law regarding the action

plan for the growth and transformation of enterprises, which came into effect in the spring of 2019. This confirms France’s ability to adapt, along with its desire to simplify the life of entrepreneurs and both national and international investors. There is no doubt that the continuation of the reform process initiated by the

government will further strengthen France’s attractiveness in the coming months.

According to the local trade bureau Business France, what is the estimated revenue from FDI business annually?

There are 28,000 foreign companies, employing two million people and accounting for 21% of R&D expenditure and 31% of exports. In value, FDI flows in France in 2018 represented € 32 billion, compared with €26 billion in 2017 with total FDI stocks amounting to €721 billion in 2018.