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France within the EU single market

Fewer barriers, more opportunities

Aiming at France means aiming at Europe

A global and European economic power
• France is the world’s 5th economy and European’s 2nd by GDP in 2012 (IMF)
• France is the 5th largest exporter of services and 6th largest exporter of goods in 2012 (WTO)
• France has 31 companies around the world’s top 500 (Germany 29 and UK 26; Fortune Global 500)
• France has a huge and diversified industry: in Europe, it is the 1st for aerospace and nuclear, 2nd for chemicals, 3rd for agri-food and 4th for ICT.

A population that gathers momentum in Europe

• The European’s 2nd largest market with more than 65M people (Eurostat 2013)
• At the heart of the world’s biggest market with 500M consumers (INSEE 2012)
• The world’s 1st tourist destination with 83M tourists in 2012 (French Ministry for the Economy)
2nd highest birth rate in Europe responsible for more than 50% of the EU natural increase

An excellent transportation network as a gateway to Europe
Paris CDG is ranked 2nd for passengers and 1st for cargo in Europe (Airport Council Int 2013)
Two French ports in Europe top 10 by tonnage : Marseille 5th and le Havre 8th (PRA, 2012)
• The 2nd largest high-speed rail network in Europe (International Union of Railways, 2013)
Largest road network in Europe with more than 1M kms (Eurostat 2013)

It feels good to do business in France

A very cost-effective location
Business setup and operating costs are lower than in Germany, US, Japan (KPMG, 2012)
Average labor costs per employee are lower than in the US, Germany, Japan, Italy (KPMG)
Gas and water are cheaper than in any EU neighbours (Eurostat, 2013)
Electricity is 30% cheaper than in UK and Germany, it is the cheapest in EU (Eurostat, 2013)

A highly qualified and productive workforce
France has the 3rd hourly labor productivity (Conference Board 2013)
• French Managers are the most EU hard-workers: 50h per week (Conference Board 2013)
• France spends 6% of its GDP on education compared with 5.4% for EU (OECD, 2012)
43% of the 25to34-year old are tertiary education graduates; OECD average is 38% (OECD)

A significant amount of investments are already stemming from abroad
France is the 1st European and 4th world’s FDI recipient UNCTAD, 2012)
45% of the French CAC 40 is owned by foreigners (Banque de France, 2012)
France is 2nd recipient in Europe for job-creating foreign investments (Ernst, 2012)
France is also the leading recipient of projects in industry and renewable energy

A whole state support from innovation to global companies

A state fostering R&D and innovation
1st in Europe with 12 companies in Top 100 Innovative (Thomson Reuters 2013)
71 innovation clusters stimulate R&D through private-public partnerships
21 Research and Education Hubs to gather universities, grandes écoles and research
5th leading host country worldwide for foreign students (over 270,000) (OECD, 2012)

A state both helping French companies to export and welcoming foreign companies
The competitiveness and employment tax credit will reduce labor costs by 6%
• There are 25 000 foreign companies employing more than 2.5M people (IFA)
• They generate 33% of French exports and 29% of French R&D (French Ministry of Economy)
France is ranked second in Europe for quality of life (International Living Magazine, 2012)

A state taking fiscal policies to strengthen its position
• The research tax credit is the most attractive R&D tax incentive in Europe
• Tax break of 30% of annual expenses up to 100M€ and 5% above this threshold
• More than 2000 companies have already benefited from the tax credit (French Education Ministry)
France is ranked 2nd in Europe regarding  effective corporate tax rates (KPMG, 2012)

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