According to "Invest in France Agency", France is an ideal destination for investments for the following reasons :
Located at the heart of the world’s largest consumer market, France provides an ideal springboard not only to Europe but also to Africa and the Middle East.
France enjoys a strong diversified economy with a dynamic economy and market
France is Europe’s second largest economy and the fifth largest in the world:
• Europe’s second largest consumer market, with 65 million inhabitants
• The world’s leading tourist destination, with 79.5 million visitors
With its overseas territories, France’s influence extends to all the world’s oceans; it has the second largest exclusive economic zone (11 million sq. km.) after the United States, and shares a border with Brazil (French Guiana).
World-class industrial sectors:
• Europe’s largest aerospace and nuclear industries.
• Europe’s second largest agri-food and chemical industries.
• Europe’s third largest ICT and pharmaceutical sectors.
French companies at the forefront of their sectors:
• Of the world’s top 500 companies, 32 are French (Germany has 32 and the United Kingdom 26). This puts France joint fourth in the world alongside Germany (Source: Fortune Global 500, 2012);
• The top 200 global groups include 13 French companies: Total (18th), BNP Paribas (20th), AXA Group (45th), GDF Suez (47th), EDF Group (73rd), Sanofi (78th), Société Générale (94th), France Télécom (110th), Vinci Group (161st), Vivendi (181st), Renault (187th), Schneider Electric (195th) and Saint-Gobain (197th) (Source: Forbes Global 2000, 2012).
• Three French companies can be found among the 30 most innovative companies in the world – Pernod Ricard, Danone and Essilor (number one in Europe) – and six can be found among the top 100 (placing France second after the United Kingdom). (Source: Forbes 2012, The World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies).
At the heart of the world’s leading economic region:
• The combined GDP of the European Union’s 27 Member States exceeds that of the United States (source: IMF, 2012); the European Single Market boasts more than 500 million consumers with high purchasing power.
• The European Union is also the world’s leading region for inward investment: in 2011, foreign direct investment inlows totaled US$425.3 billion, nearly double the equivalent figure for the United States. The EU attracted 14% of all investment from emerging countries (BRICS), compared with 5% for the United States. (Source: UNCTAD, 2012).
• Technological power, with one and a half million researchers – 100,000 more than the United States and more than double Japan’s research workforce. (Source: OECD, 2010, 2011)
Paris : the Euro zone’s leading financial center:
• The leading stock exchange, the main gateway to euro zone markets, and the second most popular location in Europe for foreign financial firms (500 banks and financial institutions). (Source: Paris Europlace, 2012).
• The world’s second largest asset management hub (€2,600 billion under management), with four French asset management firms in the global top 20: Amundi, AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Natixis AM. (Source: Paris Europlace, 2012).
• Four French financial institutions among the world’s top 50 safest institutions, according to Global Finance Magazine (August 2012): Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (6th), Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel (36th), La Banque Postale (43rd) and BNP Paribas (47th).
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