France

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

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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.

Immigration

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Creating Happy Endings – Building on your Foreign Work Experiences

Working abroad can have disastrous consequences. Yet, international work should benefit both individuals and organisations after repatriation. How can you ensure a happy ending for yourself?

Education

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King's InterHigh

King’s InterHigh is an independent British international online school. Offering Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form education, we cater to students from age 7 – 18 who are looking for a high-quality British education, working towards International GCSEs and A Levels, delivered in a way that revolves around their needs and interests. All with the backing of Inspired, one of the world’s leading education groups.
Relocate Global\'s webinar with InterHigh, the leading UK online school

Best online schooling for expatriate families

Discover why online schooling is proving to be a real solution for relocating families, employers with an international assignee population and the relocation professionals supporting their move.
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On the move supporting the smooth transition of a child's education

Throughout a child’s life, one of the biggest factors that shape so many key decisions and opportunities is education. Therefore, when it comes to relocating, it’s vital that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure that their teaching and learning experience is as smooth as possible, with minimal disruption.

In the informative and lively webinar below, Relocate’s, Fiona Murchie explores with Professor Sara de Freitas and Esther Clark from InterHigh, what exceptional online schools look like and why virtual schooling is fast becoming a solution for many international families.

Short and Long Term Accommodation

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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.
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Prime property prices rising globally

Prime real estate markets in cities across the globe are on course to see price rises over the course of this year, according to international estate agents Astons.
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