• ASEAN COMPANIES IN FRANCE

    There are around 100 companies from ASEAN member countries operating in France, employing more than 3,500 people.

    Six new investments from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore were confirmed in 2014, creating or maintaining 75 jobs.

    These involved decision-making centers (four projects) and production/ manufacturing activities (two projects). Sector-wise, half of all ASEAN investments were in the agri-food, agriculture and fishing sector,

    while the investments were located primarily in Ile de France (Paris region) (50% of projects).
  • GENEROUS RATE

    France’s research tax credit covers 30% of all R&D expenses up to €100 million, and 5% above this threshold. Salaries for research staff are wholly integrated, plus 50% of R&D operating costs and 75% of investments in R&D operations.
  • FRANCE ATTRACTS FOREIGN NATIONALS
    Nine students in 10 who come to France recommend the country as a study destination. (Campus France survey, 2013) France is also the world’s leading destination for foreign tourists. (UNWTO, 2014)

  • A WIDELY PERCEIVED POSITIVE IMAGE
    Seventy-five percent of chief executives of foreign companies surveyed by the annual TNS Sofres-IFA 2014 poll pointed to innovation and R&D operations as factors in France’s attractiveness as an investment location

  • A HIGHLY INDUSTRIALIZED ECONOMY
    For the last 15 years, France has been Europe’s leading destination for foreign investment in industry (EY, European Attractiveness Survey), attracting 303 industrial investments in 2014. (Business France) Production/manufacturing was the leading contributor to employment (11,601 jobs, or 44% of those created by foreign investors) and projects (30%), up 14% from 2013. (Business France 2014 Annual Report)

  • FRANCE, A LONGSTANDING HOST OF GLOBAL SPORTING EVENTS
    In 1938 and 1998, France hosted the football World Cup, while in 2007 it organized the rugby World Cup. France has also held the Olympic Games on five occasions (Summer Games of 1900 and 1924, Winter Games of 1924, 1968 and 1992) and enjoys a special relationship with the event, given that a Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin, was the founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

  • COMPETITIVE EFFECTIVE CORPORATE TAX RATES KPMG’s
    Competitive Alternatives report (2014) compares effective tax rates in 10 different countries: - France is ranked first for R&D services - France is ranked third for digital services - France is ranked fourth for manufacturing (Effective tax rates take into account differences in tax bases, tax credits and depreciation allowances).

  • FOREIGN INVESTORS LIKE FRANCE
    In 2014, two in three foreign investors believed France was an attractive investment location, compared with only one in two in 2009. (TNS-Sofres/IFA opinion poll, 2014) Thirty-three percent of them intend to expand their company’s presence in France.