1 France in figure
2 Ten reasons to invest in France
3 Money and Foreign Direct Investments
4 French Societies
5 Aerospace industry
6 Agri-food industry
8 Automotive industry
9 Automotive industry
10 Logistic sector
11 Chemistry Biotechnology and Health industries
12 IT and telecommunication
13 Tax system
14 We support you in your project
Why to invest in France ?
France in figures
•65 million inhabitants in 2009
•One of the 27 Europe’s member States
•French GDP : - 0,9 % (after the crisis 1st trimester 2009)
•Unemployment (2009) : 8,2 %
•Number of international license : 6 370
•Global cost for the setting up of a company :103,5 (rank 5th) Base 100 for
•Offices available for rent : 2,452 (Paris 1st trimester 2008 source AFII)
•Annual net wages in Paris and its suburbs : 17 315 € for employees
and 51 840 € for managers
•Final household consumption (2007) : 4,5 %
•Fertility for 1 000 inhabitants (2009) : 12,8
Ten reason to invest in France
1. Europe is the first world economic body. The
European PIB is 19 200 billion dollars.
2. France is at the center of the European market
and is the second economic power of Europe.
3. France has a labor highly qualified. Especially in
research and development and is the first state
of OECD to have the most graduates in higher
4. The setting up of foreign company is welcome on
French territory. More than five hundred foreign
companies are already set up in France.
5. France has the third most efficient productivity
by hour in the world.
Ten reasons to invest in France
6. Public infrastructure and communication
networks are highly developed.
7. France is the less expensive country according to
the setting up of foreign companies in Europe.
8. Employment, real estate and energy costs are
most competitive than in United-Kingdom or in
9. France gives helps for the setting up of start-ups
and has some special economic zones in which
there are attractive tax rates.
10. France is the first European Country to have the
best research tax credit of OECD ( 5 billion in
2008) and France has the best innovation and IT
Why to Invest In France ?
MONEY AND FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS
The official money of France is Euro (€).
Lister company are listed in the Bourse of Paris.
French Listed companies are listed in the CAC 40.
The general bank is the bank of France.
Foreign direct investments are welcome in France.
French society categories
11 types of Commercial Companies which 5 types of civil companies which the most
the most used are used are :
The société Anonyme (SA) -The société civile immobilière (SCI)
The Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SARL) -The société d’exercice libéral (SEL
The Société par actions simplifiée (SAS) -The société civile professionnelle (SCP)
-Foreign companies are widely -The French aerospace -The French aerospace
set up in France, such as the industry are internationally industry are internationally
American company Metzeler well-known. well-known.
Automotive Products the
Swedish company Autoliv -The aerospace industry has -The aerospace industry has
Electronic. about 10% of average annual about 10% of average annual
-Foreign companies are about
47% of this Industry.
-Some World Companies have set up their
-French automotive sector is going to receive
production plant in French dedicated regions such
foreign investments from countries which have a
as General Motors, Toyota or Daimler Chrysler.
huge part of foreign wealth founds, such as China.
French automotive companies are ready to start
-France has technology park with many highly
partnership in France with foreign companies in
order to rise their production on.
-France has 20 sites of joining of automotive
-France rank second in Europe in term of
-French automotive constructors already are in
partnership with Chinese constructors such as
Renault and Nissan, PSA Citroën and Dongfeng
appreciate by French people and their
-The agri-food industry is a very innovative sector. consumption is increasing.
France is one of the most attractive countries of -The agri-food industry is the first industrial
the European Union productive sector of France.
to attract innovative international projects in
agri-food industry. Between 2000 and 2008 about
16% of international projects were welcome in
-Foreign companies are widely set up in France,
such as Japanese companies e.g. Ariake and
Ajnomoto or Irish companies e.g. Moy Mark or
- Some world companies have chosen France as
base of their Research and Development pole
such as Unilever.
-Organic food, dietetic and healthy food are very
-Bio-energy industry is a new economic sector in their setting up or the development of their
France which is developing. activity.
The Champagne-Ardenne and Picardie
competitive clusters are important places where
industries and research laboratories come
-France is conducting a great environmental
campaign with its new 2005 Charter of the
Environment which places the environment
protection at the same level than French human
rights or French economic and social rights of the
1946 Preamble of the French Vth Constitution.
-In 2006, many foreign biofuel companies such as
the Spanish Acciona company, the Deutch Saria
Company, the American Cargill Company and the
British Ineos company have chosen France for
France is located at the center
of Europe. Road, rail and river
communication networks are
widely developed and serve the -Establish a company in France
entire Europe. is getting access to the first
world market within less than
-France is at the border of six two days. -The axis Rouen-Le Havre is the
countries in Europe.
-France has six international best performing multimodal
airports, five European platform in Europe. By 2012,
container ports. The Port of Le Havre will
develop a tri-modal platform of
about 80 ha to transport goods
by rail, river and road.
CHEMISTRY, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH INDUSTRIES
-French chemistry industry rank second in Europe.
Chemistry is a growing sector that focuses on
innovation to sustain its growth.
-French scientist researchers are part of the most
highly qualified in Europe. France has high-tech
-Europe is the second word market for the
production and consumption of pharmaceuticals
especially French people. And France is the first
European producer of pharmaceuticals.
-France is a very attractive country for
pharmaceutical project because French people
are very interested in dermo-cosmetics and meal
IT and telecommunication
- France ranks second concerning IT post-graduate students.
- France has a powerful IT Industry and has qualified telecommunication engineers.
- France has about 45 000 researchers in telecommunications and has many public
- A huge part of foreign groups are located in France such as motorola, LG Electronics or
- There is a powerful research in these two industries and foreign investors are already in
partnership with French companies.
The French tax year is from 1st January to 31st of December.
Common VAT is 19,6 %.
The French corporation tax is 33, 33% even if you are a foreign investor.
Foreign investors can have some help, from French authorities in order to
set up their companies, in term of financial aid and in term of assistance in
locating their company.
The French ta-A reduce rate is implemented for PME of 15 % ( for tax result
of 38 120 € maximum);
A social contribution of 3,3 % calculate on the basis of the amount of the
corporation tax after reduction of 763 000€ except for PME.
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We adapt our offer to your project, its size and needs, enabling you to complete your project.
We support you in a long term cooperation, by providing advice and solutions to match your needs.
We propose a feasibility study of your whole project.
We support you in all administrative procedures concerning the registration of your company and
obtaining a business licence.
We provide you all documents concerning the expatriate staff.
We propose a tax planning strategy.