20 December 2019

Made in France: 101 products selected for the Great Exhibition at the Élysée Palace in January 2020

On 19 December 2019, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of State attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance, convened a national selection committee to draw up the list of the 101 products – one item from each Metropolitan and Overseas département – that will be presented at the Made in France Great Exhibition at the Élysée Palace, on 18 and 19 January 2020.

The committee was made up of ten individuals recognised for their commitment to Made in France:
  • Fabienne Delahaye, founder and President of MIF Expo, a trade fair dedicated to products made in France;
  • Danielle Dubrac, President of the Seine-Saint-Denis Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) and member of the Board of CCI France;
  • Guillaume Gibault, founder of the “Le Slip Français” brand;
  • Philippe Huppé, MP for Hérault, member of the National Assembly’s Economic Affairs Committee and author of the report France, Métiers d'Excellence (containing recommendations to support fine crafts and living heritage);
  • Yves Jégo, former Minister of State for Overseas France and President of the Origine France Garantie (French Origin Guaranteed) certification;
  • Élisabeth Lamure, Senator for Rhône, Vice-President of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Senate and President of the Business Delegation;
  • Luc Lesénécal, President of Saint James and President of the National Association of Living Heritage Companies;
  • Arnaud Montebourg, former Minister of Economy, Industrial Recovery and the Digital Sector and entrepreneur;
  • Nathalie Schraen-Guirma, journalist and presenter specialising in the topic of made in France (“C’est ça la France” on Sud Radio and “Télématin” on France 2);
  • Bernard Stalter, President of the Chambers of Trades and Crafts (CMA France) and member of the Grand Est Regional Council.
Made in France
Goods are deemed to originate from the country where they underwent their last substantial transformation, as set out in the European Union Customs Code. Simple packaging operations or the affixing of a label to a package, for example, are not sufficient to confer origin on a product.

The 101 products from French companies chosen by the selection committee – which will be presented at the Élysée, subject to confirmation that they meet the definition of Made in France – each represent one Metropolitan or Overseas département. Regarded as emblematic of our territories, they reflect both their richness and diversity. They also exemplify the know-how of French entrepreneurs and producers, whether workers, farmers, craftspeople or engineers. The list of 101 products will be made public at the beginning of January.

Selected from nearly 1,750 applications, the 101 products were also chosen with input from regional prefects, in close collaboration with regional councils and with the support of Consular Chambers and local economic intermediaries. Together, they provide a balance in terms of the broad range of companies, from micro-businesses and SMEs to large groups and medium-sized companies, and the diversity of sectors in the French economy, from arts and crafts to cutting-edge industrial innovation and the agrifood industry. The selection highlights ecological transition, innovation and the presence of labels, be they regional or national, public or private.

The Great Exhibition at the Élysée Palace will be free. Online registration will open at the beginning of January for people to reserve their place (as for the European Heritage Days and World Music Day). All practical information will be communicated at the beginning of next year.