France: 2017 FDI projects in 2018
5 June 2019

Attractiveness recognised, France's innovation acclaimed!

The “France Attractiveness Survey” published by EY records the international investments made in Europe each year. The image of an industrial and innovative France emerges in this barometer, with a strong dynamic of R&D investments and the maintenance of France’s industrial leadership of Europe.
The survey analyses the perception that foreign economic decision-makers have of our country; as such, it measures real and perceived attractiveness compared with France’s leading competitors.

Against a backdrop of falling investment decisions in Europe (-4% of projects recorded between 2017 and 2018) France confirmed its attractiveness, coming in second place of host countries in Europe. For the first time, France is ranked first among European countries as a destination for innovative investments, bringing together more innovative projects than Germany and the United Kingdom combined. France also confirmed its leadership as a host country for industrial investments in Europe, as it continued to hold top spot for more than 15 years.

The perception survey that completes the report shows that since the start of 2019, France’s image has remained positive, despite a difficult social climate; 80% of investors set up in France declare themselves to be satisfied or very satisfied with their investments in France.