According to the Global Cities Investment Monitor, which ranks the world’s major cities in terms of job-creating foreign investment, Paris moved up one place in 2018 and came second overall, after London, but ahead of Singapore, Dubai and New York.

In terms of perception, Paris gained two places, becoming the second most attractive city in which to set up a business, cited by 17% of respondents, after New York (37%), but ahead of London (13%). It is the city most cited by respondents in terms of increasing attractiveness in the next three years, ahead of Shanghai and New York. It is also the second largest city in the world for business investment projects in the next three years.

For the first time, the French capital is also top of the rankings for R&D investment: 47 research projects were identified in 2018, compared with 42 in Singapore and 33 in Bangalore, India. This is an increase of 34% compared with 2017.