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As the world’s fifth largest economy, centrally located within the European Union, there is strong competition for market share in all French industrial and service sectors. American exporters to France generally face more competition from European companies than from Asian ones. Positioned at the heart of the world’s largest market, France offers a favorable economic environment to potential exporters.

France Country Commercial Guide

The France Country Commercial Guide (CCG 2018) is a comprehensive annual review of the France's commercial, economic, political and investment environment. It includes information to assist those doing business in France.

In addition to this Country Commercial Guide, the Commercial Service office in Paris offers many services and customized solutions designed to assist you in developing your market entry strategy and to facilitate your export experience in France. For a detailed description of these services please visit the Services for U.S. Companies section.

Please contact: Olivier.collette@trade.gov.

Market Insights

Artificial Intelligence n France 4/3/2018
https://www.export.gov/article?id=Artificial-Intelligence-in-France

The landscape of the artificial intelligence (AI) community in France is dynamic and evolving rapidly. The French education system is recognized for its strengths in mathematics and sciences leading to world class universities producing prominent AI talent in the region. Accordingly, France has one of the strongest AI ecosystems in all of Europe, along with the United Kingdom and Germany. In fact, AI companies from these top three countries make up more than half of the European AI company total. France has the potential to emerge as a leader in the sector in the coming years and the French government certainly is aware of its role in helping to position France as a global leader.

French Fab: Industry innovation in France 10/24/2017
http://www.export.gov/article?id=French-Fab-Industry-innovation-in-France

On October 2nd, the French government announced, “French Fab” – an initiative that promotes French manufacturing and sustainable development, and provides a vision for the future. For U.S. companies looking to integrate or who are already integrated in the French market, the emphasis the French government has placed on holistic and advanced manufacturing is noteworthy for companies in those sectors or looking to expand into these sectors.

Exporting Toys to France 10/23/2017
https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_115043

The global toy market is an $87.4 billion industry and it continues to grow by an average rate of 2.8% each year. From just 2014 to 2015, the industry saw a 4% jump in growth.

While the toy industry itself is strong and growing, the industry in France shows a similar, if not stronger, version of the same trend. France, specifically, has an important role in the toy industry. According to the French Federation of Toy and Child Care Industries, Fédération française des industries Jouet - Puériculture, France is the leading country for toy consumption in Europe. Most of these toys are also imported. In 2016 French toy imports amounted to $2.53 billion, a figure that increased 4.7% from year prior.

Online apparel sales are continuing to expand. 9/28/2017

The last consumer survey of the French Institute of Fashion (IFM) has indicated that the sector’s annual sales revenue exceeds 5 billion Euros in a global clothing market estimated at 28 billion Euros. This is approximately 18% of the market share. However, the expansion of online sales has not offset the deterioration of store sales.

Ms. Christelle Carlotti, consultant at IFM, has indicated on a textile trade magazine article dated September 26, 2017 two important parts of the clothing market: the big players of the apparel industry and a multitude of small independent sites. There is huge potential to bring new players to the market. Further, she also reported that today France has the largest fashion market, followed by the United States.

Women are helping the large, growing French fashion market propel, especially for sales online. They remain the largest consumers of online clothing, with a majority of purchases being for themselves and then for their children. Women’s clothing sales represent 49% of the market in value, but of the 49% of women’s clothing purchased, 55% are bought online. In addition, women aged 15 to 24 are spending more online (113 Euros) than men of the same age (72 Euros). These statistics show that younger women are buying online more frequently and spending more than men of the same age group.
Article taken from the Textile Newspaper (Journal du Textile September 26, 2017)

Cyber Security in France Market Brief 4/13/2017
https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_110164

Recent high-profile cyber intrusions, new legislation and perceived vulnerabilities arising from the fast growing use of connected devices are all boosting the cybersecurity sector in France. Currently filling 40,000 jobs, the French cybersecurity industry is expected to grow at a rate of 10% per year and reach €2 billion in size in 2017. Although the market is open, a small number of almost exclusively French companies currently commands a dominant market share…

The French Market for Toys and Games 4/13/2017
https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_110163

The French market for toys and games is a large and dynamic market made up of many diverse segments. In 2016, the market generated a turnover of 3.4 billion Euros (3.67 billion USD). The market experienced a growth of 1% in 2016, which is less than the 3.4% growth seen in 2015. In 2015, the average expenditure on toys reached 321 Euros (345 USD) per child. Expenditure per child in France is 60% higher than the European average.

The French Market for Technical Textiles 03/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109786

Technical textiles are an innovative and high value-add sector. Any textile, fiber, material, or support material that has been designed to serve a functional purpose rather than an aesthetic one is considered to be a technical textile. Technical textiles are carefully designed to have certain properties such as lightness, durability, strength, filtration capabilities, fire-retardant, conductivity, insulation, flexibility, absorption, and many more.

Smart Grid Report 01/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109787

France continued to invest in Smart Grid technology in 2016, rising from 13th to 10th in a world Smart Grid infrastructure market estimated to be worth 65.42 billion USD in 2021. In 2016, France was considered to be a “Smart Grid Procurer” alongside Japan and China. Attributes of a procurer include a growing Smart Grid investment, major procurements and deployments underway, and advanced metering infrastructure

Smart City opportunities in Greater Paris Region 01/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109789

Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France region, which includes Paris and the surrounding suburbs and has a total population of over 12 million has prioritized the implementation of smart city technology stating that she wants to lead the number one “smart region” in Europe by 2020. In 2017 alone, the regional budget allocated 2 billion euros for investments, a large portion of which will finance smart and sustainable programs.

French Book Market in France 01/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109791

France is a dynamic market, boasting 5,000 publishing houses, 3,000 of which are commercially active. Large companies with revenue exceeding one million euros are generally involved in all editorial categories and take advantage of strong distribution networks.

Youtube Tax in France 12/28/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=France-Proposes-a-Tax-on-Streaming-Content

YouTube Tax Proposed on Streaming Content in France Passes the French National Assembly

The French A/V market is robust and offers considerable opportunities for investment and growth. 12/26/2016
https://www.export.gov/article?id=Audio-Visual-Market-in-France

The French Start-Up Community 12/13/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=The-French-Start-Up-Community

The start-up company in France is thriving which is boosted by the extensive support provided by the French government for innovative companies seeking to carve their path. The following report outlines the various support systems for the French start-up community including private sector and government support.

The French Pet Industry 12/12/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=The-French-Pet-Industry

The report summarizes the pet industry in France including domestic animal ownership statistics as well as an analysis on the pet market in France.

French Legislation on Civil Drones 12/12/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=French-Legislation-on-Civil-Drones

As of October 16, the French parliament has voted to toughen rules encompassing the drone industry. Leisure drones manned with onboard cameras will be primarily affected by these regulations.

Market Brief-E-Mobility in France ’16 12/12/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=Market-Brief-E-Mobility-in-France-2016

Following the conclusion of the successful COP 21 Climate Conference in France last December, pressure is mounting on French car manufacturers to design cars that are lighter with increased efficiency. This report gives an in-depth analysis of electric modes of transportation in France, electric battery charging infrastructure, and official French government positions and programs for decreasing emissions

French-Tourism-to-the-U-S-Remains-Strong Published 12/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=French-Tourism-to-the-U-S-Remains-Strong

The United States remains one of the top choices among long-haul destinations for French travelers. In 2015, France ranks third among European markets after the United Kingdom and Germany, and nine in the world after Canada, Mexico, U.K., Japan, China, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, as an overseas source of income for the tourism industry in the U. S.

Advance manufacturing in France convergence 12/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=Advanced-Manufacturing-in-France-Convergence

The French government encourages its firms to modernize their production facilities

The French Plastics Industry 10/17/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=The-French-Plastics-Industry

The plastics industry encompasses 1.5% of the French GDP. This overview gives a thorough breakdown of the plastics industry in France.

France Automotive Parts Distribution Network 10/14/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=France-Automotive-Parts-Distribution-Network

France is the Europe’s third largest producer of vehicles following on the heels of Spain and Germany. The following overview provides insight into the automotive parts distribution network in France.

Overview of the French Defense Industry 07/18/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=French-Defense-Business-Overview

This report details the French defense industry including market structure and major French armament programs. It also lists key players in the French defense industry as well as the role of France in the national defense arena.

France Intelligent Transportation Systems 07/18/2016

https://www.export.gov/article?id=France-Intelligent-Transportation-Systems

The following paper provides an overview of French intelligence transportation systems (ITS). This includes benefits, potential obstacles, and ITS related plans and goals.

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