There are more than 25,000 foreign companies operating in France, employing nearly two million people: What better endorsement could there be for the business environment of our country? In 2016, France stood out as one of the leading countries in Europe, attracting 1,117 new job-creating foreign investment decisions – up 16% from the previous year. France was also the leading country for foreign manufacturing investments during that year.
With its global outlook and warm welcome of talent in all its forms, France is committed to doing all it can to attract and help investors expand their businesses on French soil. France is at the forefront of innovation and industry of the future, notably cleantech and green finance that will keep driving growth in the future.
Leading French companies in cleantech and energy include Air Liquide, EDF, Engie, Saint Gobain, Schneider Electric and Veolia. Multinational companies, such as General Electric and Siemens, have chosen France to develop their global resource centers in renewable energies or durable transportation systems, or Cisco, with its smart and durable city projects.
More than ever, France enjoys unique structural strengths that make it one of the most competitive countries in Europe for science and innovation: 2nd European economy, most dynamic European country in terms of demography, a productive, well-educated and well-trained workforce, most attractive R&D intensity level in Europe, unique central position, high levels of infrastructure, a thriving French Tech ecosystem (with more than 10,000 startups and the largest campus – Station F – in the world), solid financial environment, favorable lifestyle environment, etc.
On top of these structural advantages, entrepreneurs will find a welcoming environment that will help them fulfill their goals and reach great achievements.
International entrepreneurs and talents, France is here for you!