France is the leading country in Europe for welcoming foreign investment in the industrial sector

(Source: Ernst Young Attractiveness Survey, 2013).

France ranks fifth in the world.

Foreign companies in France are particularly dynamic: more than 20,000 companies under foreign control operate in France (Source: INSEE, 2012). They are well represented among large companies (32% of companies in France with more than 5,000 employees are of foreign origin) (Source: INSEE, 2012).

Foreign companies in France employ 1.8 million people (13% of the population in work) and account for a third of French exports and 29% of the total RD carried out by companies in France (Source: INSEE).

France is currently adapting regulations to make it easier to attract foreign skills and expertise:

To facilitate international mobility, there are multiannual residence permits:

  • The “Skills and Expertise” residence permit (carte competences et talents): intended, among others, for foreign nationals appointed directors of subsidiaries in France. Created in 2006, this card is for people who have a project, linked to a skill or expertise, which is directly or indirectly of interest to France and their country of origin. With the “Skills and Expertise” permit, foreigners can carry out any professional activity of their choice linked to their project or activity.
  • The “Expatriate Employee” residence permit (carte de séjour “salarié en mission”): intended for employees on intra-group job transfers (with a contract under French law or on assignment). This residence permit is for foreign nationals staying and working for more than three months and with a monthly salary at least 1.5 times the minimum wage. The “Expatriate Employee” residence permit is temporary, issued for a three-year period. It can be renewed on the grounds that the assignment or period abroad has been extended.
  • The European Blue Card: reserved for highly-qualified employees (with at least three years’ higher education or five years’ professional experience and a gross monthly salary of at least €4,300). Following an 18-month period, holders of a European Blue Card issued by a member state can apply for a similar card in another member state. The aim of this system is to make it easier for third country nationals to enter and stay in France and work there in highly-qualified jobs.

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Dernière modification : 13/02/2014

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