Why Invest in France?


The open nature of the French economy.

The French economy is open to foreign enterprise.

PNGMore than 30,000 French companies have operations abroad, while more than 20,000 foreign companies have invested in France in job-creating activities.

In 2015, France was Europe’s third leading recipient of jobcreating foreign investment, and the leading destination by project numbers of job-creating investment in industry (EY, 2016).

France is the seventh largest recipient in the world of FDI stocks after the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore and Switzerland (UNCTAD, 2016).

Twenty-nine of the world’s top 500 companies are French, while 28 are German and 26 are British (Fortune Global 500, 2016).

The French economy is open to foreign talents

JPEGFrance is home to more than 280,000 foreign students, making it the third leading destination in the world (Campus France).

No distinction is made between foreign students and French students: admission criteria, diplomas awarded and affordable registration fees are identical.


The attractiveness of the French ecnonomy

Market size

JPEGWith a GDP of US$2,422 billion at current prices, France is the world’s sixth largest economy in 2015 after the United States, China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom (IMF, 2016).
The first leading fertility rate in Europe (Eurostat 2016).

France’s location offers easy access to EMEA markets. Paris-Charles de Gaulle is ranked second by passenger numbers after London Heathrow and first for cargo in Europe, while Paris-Le Bourget is Europe’s leading business airport (Airports Council International, ADP, 2015).

France, a land of enterprise

JPEGFrance is a very buoyant market: 230,187 net enterprise creation.
France was ranked third among the sample countries for venture capital investment in 2015 (EVCA, Eurostat 2016).

The French capital has fostered the emergence of a number ofunicorns, such as Criteo, which completed an IPO in 2013, and BlaBlaCar, which completed France’s biggest fundraising round of 2015, totaling €177 million.
The “French Tech Ticket”, a “welcome pack” for foreign entrepreneurs founding their start-up in France.

Highky qualified, productive workforce

JPEGIn 2015, hourly productivity in manufacturing industry in France grew 3.6%, a higher figure than in the European Union (up 1.1%) (Conference Board 2016).

24 French establishments in the global rankings of the 90 best Management Master’s degree programs, including three of the top 5: HEC (2nd), ESSEC and ESCP.

A land of innovation

France is also the third leading country in the Top 100 Global Innovators, with 10 French entities among the 100 most innovative organizations in the world. They include three research centers (CNRS, CEA, IFP Energies Nouvelles) and seven companies (Alcatel-Lucent, Alstom, Arkema, Safran, Saint- Gobain, Thales and Valeo), (Thomson Reuters).


Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.

Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the
Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.

For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr

publie le 19/10/2016

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