The industrial dynamism of major French companies is driven by innovation and research. But abroad, France is also seen as a country of traditional, very high quality craftmanship.
Industrial dynamism that is exported around the world
France has the world's 5th largest economy and 31 of the world's 500 most powerful companies. Many French industrial groups are leaders in their sector with a worldwide presence, including Airbus, Total, Orange, Sanofi, LVMH, L’Oréal and Danone.
Success of French innovation!
France is the European country with the best representation in the list of the top 100 most innovative companies. It is home to 71 competitiveness clusters that comprise an attractive ecosystem, bringing together laboratories, universities, start-ups and major corporations. French Tech, with 200 million euro invested, supports the development of digital companies and attracts young talent.
We are proud to have produced 15 Nobel winners in Literature, 13 in Physics and 3 in Economics. 13 French mathematicians have received Fields Medal. France also occupies the 6th rung worldwide for international patents release.
High quality, diversified craftsmanship
With 40,000 workshops and 100,000 craftsmen and women, France is an international reference in many skilled domains, particularly arts and crafts and upmarket fields such as jewellery, fashion, crystal glassmaking and architecture. Further industrial innovation through design is particularly well-established in France.