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 :
Pascal Cagni (C4 Ventures)
Government representatives :Laurent Bili (Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs)
Maryse Bossière (Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs)
Claire Cheremetinski (Ministry of the Economy and Finance)
Jean-Benoît Albertini (Ministry of Territorial Cohesion)
Frédéric Lambert (Ministry of Agriculture and Food)
Arnaud Jullian (Ministry of Public Action and Accounts)
Representatives of Parliament and Regional Councils :Bruno Bonnell (Member of the National Assembly)
Alain Chatillon (Senator)
Valérie Pécresse (Ile-de-France Regional Council)
Alain Rousset (Nouvelle Aquitaine Regional Council)
Representatives of trade organizations and chambers of commerce and industry, and qualified individuals :Fréderic Sanchez (MEDEF, a French employer federation)
François Asselin (CPME, a French SME federation)
Jean-François Gendron (CCI International)
Arnaud Vaissié (CCI France International)
Alain Bentéjac (French Foreign Trade Advisors - CCEs)
Employee representatives :Jean-Baptiste Bodin
Claudia Le Long
Government Commissioners :Thomas Courbe (Ministry of Economy and Finance)
Caroline Malausséna (Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs)