Multinational companies which choose France benefit from its strategic position at the heart of Europe, a single market of over 500 million consumers, and from its membership of the euro zone, which offers the advantages of a single currency in 17 different countries.
With 65 million inhabitants, France is the second-largest consumer market in Europe after Germany and the fifth-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of US$2,751 billion in 2011.
Created in 2001, the Invest in France Agency (IFA) is a public-private body (établissement public national à caractère industriel et commercial – EPIC), which reports to the French Finance Minister and the Minister responsible for Regional Development.
The IFA is responsible for promoting, prospecting and facilitating international investment in France, and for the economic attractiveness and image of the country. The IFA network operates on an international, national and regional basis. The agency works in close partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customized services.
The Chairman and CEO of the IFA is France’s Ambassador for International Investment. The IFA employs 160 people, split between its headquarters in Paris and 26 offices throughout the world.
To find out more about Invest in France, go to www.invest-in-france.org.