France is an open economy

Europe’s

most attractive country for foreign investment

(EY, 2020)

The world’s leading tourist

89,4 million foreign tourists

(OMT, 2019)

More than

67 million consumers

 

(Eurostat, 2020)

France is an increasingly attractive destination and benefits from structural key strengths

Open economy

Eighty-seven percent of foreign senior executives believe that France is an attractive destination. France is an open country that appeals to tourists, talent and foreign capital.

Human capital

France is the fourth most dynamic economy among OECD countries for the increase in its production system efficiency.

World-class infrastructure

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is ranked as the largest passenger airport and the second largest airport for cargo in Europe, while Paris Le Bourget is Europe’s leading business airport.

A haven for talent

In France, 50.8% of the active 25- to 64-year-old population are employed in science and technology and/or are tertiary education graduates, which is higher than the EU average (46.6%).

Dynamic economy and market

Job creation was up by 1.1% in France in 2019.

The private sector created 210,000 new roles.

A mobile-tastic country

French telecommunications networks are among the best in the world, with €20 billion being invested to ensure 100% nationwide coverage of very high-speed internet by 2022.

France’s attractiveness stimulates foreign investment

France is the country I would bet on in Europe more than any other.

John Chambers, Cisco Founder

International investment in France last year reached a record high thanks to an annual investment increase of 10% and nearly 40,000 jobs being created or maintained.

In 2019, the number of investment projects recorded amounted to 1,468, or 28 investment projects per week, up 11% compared with 2018 and more than 50% more in five years.

A total of 39,542 jobs were created or maintained, 30% more than in 2018 and almost 50% higher than in 2014.

The French industrial base remained the main beneficiary of foreign investments (new sites and expansions), with 26% of all investments and 380 projects in 2019, compared with 320 projects in 2018 (up 19%).

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