Founded on January 1, 2015, Business France is a public-private body (établissement public national à caractère industriel et commercial – EPIC), which reports to three ministers: the Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development; and the Minister for Housing, Regional Equality and Rural Affairs.
The agency’s public service remit, defined by the Government Decree of December 22, 2014, involves contributing to meeting key targets concerning economic development and France’s international standing: helping businesses to expand abroad; aiding employment and regional development by attracting foreign investors; and promoting France’s business image.
Outside France, Business France operates in accordance with the Government Decree of June 1, 1979 in line with the coordination and leadership responsibilities of the local ambassador or head of the diplomatic corps, who instructs the Head of Department of Economic Affairs in each embassy or consulate to coordinate local business stakeholders.
Business France’s priorities are set out in the current Performance and Targets Contract approved by the agency’s Board of Directors.
Members of the board
Chairman of the board :Seybah Dagoma (Deputy)
Parliament and State Representatives :Anne-Marie Descôtes (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Laurent Garnier (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Sandrine Gaudin (Ministry of the Economy)
Arnaud Jullian (Ministry for the Budget)
Jean-Michel Thornary (Ministry of Town and Country Planning)
Frédéric Lambert (Ministry of Agriculture)
Representatives of Parliament and Regional Councils :Alain Chatillon (Senator)
Valérie Pécresse (Ile-de-France Regional Council)
Alain Rousset (Nouvelle Aquitaine Regional Council)
Representatives of trade organisations and chambers of commerce and industry, and qualified individuals :Frederic Sanchez (MEDEF)
François Asselin (French Small and Medium-sized Employers'Organisation)
Jean-François Gendron (International Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
Arnaud Vaissié (International Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
Alain Bentéjac (French Foreign Trade Advisors - CCE's)
Claudio Colzani (Barilla Group)
Employee representatives :Jean-Baptiste Bodin
Claudia Le Long
Government Commissioners :Thomas Courbe (Ministry of the Economy)
Agnès Romatet-Espagne (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)