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With a number of Nobel Prizes and Fields medals, leading research universities, top ranked research bodies (CNRS #1 Nature Index worldwide, CEA #2 Thomson Reuters Innovation, etc.), top-level research infrastructure and laboratories as well as an effervescent startup ecosystem, France is a home for excellence in science and innovation.

France is a driving force of science and technology in Europe, with a strong involvement in the H2020 program.

France‘s laboratories are particularly active and among the world leaders in the previously mentioned scientific domains: non-exhaustive examples include a leading position in climate modeling intercomparison exercises, earth observation as part of the ESA, or in advanced solar photovoltaics and breakthrough energy storage solutions.

France is at the forefront of future innovation and industry, notably green tech and green finance that will keep driving growth and meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

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, solid financial environment, favorable lifestyle environment, etc.

On top of these structural advantages, researchers and university professors will find a welcoming environment to help them fulfill their goals and reach great scientific achievements.

International researchers and university professors, France is here for you!

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!

France considers civil society and NGOs as cornerstones of democracy. Since the first law on associations in 1901, France and the French have supported NGOs through a favorable legal framework, positive fiscal policies, and funds and subsidies.

France has a long tradition of supporting NGOs and citizen participation. For instance, during COP21, France facilitated and funded more than 300 actions lead by civil society actors to build citizen participation and support the fight against climate change, and to facilitate co-innovation among stakeholders. France is also used to facilitate citizen participation in the law-making process on key societal choices such as the environment.

French law facilitates the creation of associations. There are more than a million associations in France, with 25% of the population being active members of NGOs. French fiscal law supports funding of NGOs by individuals and companies, and offers important tax refunds (from 66% to 75%) for those who decide to fund well-established NGOs. The French government, but also local authorities and the European Union, assign each year more than €20 billion to NGOs.

France has always welcomed students and fostered the development of education and the transmission of knowledge. France is the 4th most popular destination for international students (300,000 international students yearly), and Paris is regularly voted “Best student city”.

France has many internationally ranking universities and highly renowned specialized schools that have produced some of the best thinkers, politicians, business leaders, artists and scientists in the world. France is also a research-intensive country: 4th in the world for impact of scientific publications, 4th in the world in number of Nobel Prizes, 2nd in the world in number of Fields medals. This is greatly beneficial to students for the quality of teaching, and of course to high-level research internships and PhDs. On top of these structural strengths, students will find a welcoming environment that will help them fulfill their goals and reach great achievements. France has a long-standing policy of equal treatment for domestic and international students (tuition fees, health coverage, housing assistance, etc.). Finally, studying in France means experiencing first-hand French culture, gastronomy and “art of living”.

International students, France is here for you!

France has always been a leader in the advancement of human rights and has left its mark in our common history. Our new challenge? Climate change.

France has always been a driving force of science and technology in Europe, strongly involved in the H2020 program. France now aims at being a cornerstone in the global mobilization of all energies to fight global warming. It is time for a global mobilization for climate action.

The Paris Agreement has been a major step, with the convergence of more 197 States moving ahead into the same direction.

Alongside States, the Paris Agreement recognizes the potential for action by non-State actors, including cities, businesses, communities and associations. At the COP21 in Paris, more than 450 cities with a combined population of nearly 1bn people pledged to reduce emissions by more than 50% in around 15 years.

This unique dynamic needs to keep being strengthened. Whoever you are or represent, i.e. a committed citizen, a local community, a city or a non-State actor, France will welcome your entrepreneurship, your commitment and your willingness to succeed together.