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.

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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.


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Data shows UK net migration driven by ‘real business need’

Breakdown of the latest Home Office net migration figures reveal the impact of Brexit and the growth in digitalisation on the UK labour market. Being ready and prepared to hire internationally is now an essential part of running a competitive business.


Short and Long Term Accommodation

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UK retains second spot in Europe for FDI

Political upheaval in the UK are believed to be behind a slight fall in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year. Yet the nation retained its position as second most attractive place in Europe for overseas funding, thanks to its 'global approach'.
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Brexit moved to EU much lower than expected

Far fewer jobs in financial services based in the UK have relocated to the European Union than originally anticipated in the wake of the Brexit referendum almost six years ago, according to the latest survey.
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Pandemic prompts expats to eye homes at home

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a wave of expatriates seeking to buy properties in their home countries, according to a report in Mansion Global, a news website focusing on the worldwide estate market.