Officially called the French Republic, France has one of the world’s largest economies. It is a significant exporter (particularly of agricultural goods) and importer, a major recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI), and performs well in international rankings of healthcare and education. Read more

France is a member of the Group of 7, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The French economy combines private and state enterprise. Though the government still has a majority stake in key infrastructure, including railways, aircraft, telecommunications, electricity and nuclear power, it has been slackening its grip on these areas for the past 30 or so years.

France’s aerospace sector, led by European consortium Airbus, is an important contributor to national prosperity. Financial services, banking and insurance are also key. Leaders in this sector are French banks BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Société Générale, and AXA, the world's largest insurance company.

Tourism, too, plays a key role in France’s economy; the country regularly ranks high on lists of the most-visited destinations worldwide.

This section includes the latest news, articles, tools and resources to help you achieve your business objectives and goals. With contributions from specialists across the global mobility and relocation industry and the latest perspectives from regional conferences, we analyse key trends affecting France’s relocation and global mobility scene.

We investigate the latest trends in inbound, outbound and domestic relocation – from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to immigration and talent management – as well as the full range of employee and family support topics, including residential property, serviced apartments, and education and international schools.

HR and global managers with international assignees will find practical advice and information, and there’s plenty of support for those setting up a business or a company office in France.

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across Europe.

Read less

News and Features


Mixed reaction in wake of G7 summit

The conclusion of the G7 summit on Cornwall has left business leaders and campaigners in the UK agreeing with many of the leaders' sentiments but questioning if sufficient practical steps had been agreed.

Short and Long Term Accommodation

Education & Family Support webinar - screen grab

Preparing for the new term and a new location: education and family focus webinar

The benefits of a bilingual education, securing a school place during lockdown, and how schools, education consultants and destination service providers are working hard and thinking differently to best support relocating families during the Covid crisis were key topics in this reassuring webinar.
Landseer lions in Trafalgar Square with the Houses of Parliament in the distance, London

London rated 'most dynamic' city again

Why has London topped the list? Which other cities make the top 10?
Brexit relocations push up EU house prices

Brexit relocations push up EU house prices

Brexit relocations are pushing up the prices of prime real estate in several cities in continental Europe, according to the latest Prime Global Cities Index from property consultancy Knight Frank.
Register now to receive regular email updates & Relocate MagazineRegister now to receive regular email updates & Relocate Magazine