The 2020 edition of the France Attractiveness Scoreboard showcases France’s key strengths. Both a decision-making tool and an objective analysis of France’s attractiveness, the eleventh edition of this Business France publication, produced in partnership with the French Treasury Directorate, has been published amid an unprecedented global health crisis.

In 2019, France was the world’s seventh largest economy and the fifth largest exporter of goods and services. It boasts a number of key strengths; these include high-quality transport and telecommunications infrastructure, a key geographical position within Europe, a strong domestic market and the highest fertility rate of any European country.

In 2019, France became the leading country for job-creating foreign investments in Europe and remains top for both industrial and R&D projects. This unprecedented investor confidence is partly due to the efforts made since the start of the President’s five-year term to modernize the French economy and make it more competitive.

You will discover other key indicators by reading the Attractiveness Scoreboard, including indicators that guarantee relative resistance to economic and political ups and downs, whether internal or external. Not to mention the effectiveness of the reforms carried out in recent years and the pro-active public policy introduced to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. There are simply many positive signs to maintain the confidence of potential investors.

The France Attractiveness Scoreboard is an annual reference publication for understanding the strengths of the French economy.

It offers an objective analysis of France’s attractiveness by taking into account more than 140 indicators, which include:

  • Outcome indicators:Foreign direct investment, the opening-up of economies, strategic activities, attraction of foreign talent.
  • Attractiveness criteria:Market size, education, research and innovation, infrastructure, administrative environment, financial environment, costs and taxation, quality of life, green growth.

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