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1. A global economic power

France:

  • The 2

nd

largest economy in the European Union. (IMF, 2013)

  • The world’s 6

th

largest exporter of goods and 5

th

largest exporter of services. (WTO, 2012)

  • 31 French companies among the world’s leading 500.

(Germany: 29, United Kingdom: 26) (Fortune Global 500, 2013)

A diversified, advanced industrial base:

  • -

    Europe’s largest aerospace and nuclear industries. (Eurostat, 2012 ; PwC, 2011)

  • -

    Europe’s second largest chemicals industry. (French Chemicals Industry Federation (UIC), 2013)

  • -

    Europe’s third largest agri-food industry. (French Ministry of Agriculture, 2012)

  • -

    Europe’s fourth largest ICT industry. (Business Wire, 2012)

2 609

2 441

2 014

1 352

Germany

France

United Kingdom

Italy

Spain

(IMF, “World Economic Outlook” database estimates, May 2013)

4 000 3 500 3 000 2 500 2 000 1 500 1 000

500 0

Top 5 economies in the European Union GDP 2012 (current prices, US$ billion)

3 401

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