To shed light on the complexity of measuring an economy’s attractiveness, a notion that depends on a considerable number of different criteria. Employment law and taxation are areas in which France must regain ground in today’s competitive environment, while underlining the purpose of current reforms, such as the “National Pact for Growth, Competitiveness and Employment”.

Selecting the indicators proposed in the Simulator below to assess the attractiveness of our country compared with its main competitors.

    Find nearly 150 indicators in the scoreboard of the attractiveness

    This sixth edition of the France Attractiveness Scoreboard provides insight into France’s relative performances in an increasingly open and competitive international environment.

    It demonstrates that France’s structural advantages are fundamental to its investment attractiveness, and that the reforms underway are boosting the competitiveness of the French economy.

    Key points:

    1. In contrast to international rankings based on composite competitiveness indicators and opinion surveys that provide patchy analysis far removed from the reality observed by investors on the ground, the France Attractiveness Scoreboard provides comparative and objective analysis of the main criteria against which France’s investment attractiveness can be judged.

    2. It examines nine groups of economic attractiveness criteria (through a total of 126 different indicators), corresponding to those most commonly compared by business leaders: market size and strength; education and human capital; research and innovation; infrastructure; administrative and regulatory environment; financial environment; costs and taxation; quality of life; green growth.

    Main findings:

    • France’s strengths: Market size and location, human capital, an innovation- and R&D-friendly tax environment, a beneficial administrative and regulatory environment, and a cost-effective energy mix.

    France in the international rankings

    “Measurement” is a challenging exercise, and the seductive appeal of rankings for hurried commentators is evident from the increasing frequency with which countries are ranked on their economic performance. Twenty or so institutions, some better known than others and employing diverse methodologies, produce international rankings assessing competitiveness in different countries.

    Rankings serve as decision-making tools for the business world, and help focus the efforts of government authorities on measures to make the country more attractive to investors. These up-to-date facts and figures are set in context alongside reforms intended to improve France’s performances and pave the way towards the future. International comparisons are always stimulating and invite us to renew our constant efforts to improve France’s attractiveness as a business location.

    In this publication, we have identified various drivers of attractiveness, reflecting the advantages of France’s business environment, its human and technological capital, as well as its growth and employment potential.

    France’s Keys strength
    • Productivity of labour
    • Education and human capital
    • Scientist et engineers
    • the French tax system offers the most generous R&D tax treatment in the world
    • Quality of transports infrastructures
    • Quality of infrastructures of communications
    • Cost-effective energy mix
    • Market size and location
    • Sophistication du marché financier
    • Equity of access to healthcare
    • Human resources in science and technology (HRST)
    • Buoyant market for net enterprise creation
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