With the second largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world, France is an interesting country to move into for many companies. Paris is ranked as the second most important business city in Europe1 and France is home to INSEAD, ranked second of the leading business schools in Europe2.
Expats enjoy the French life-style and overall quality of life. French cuisine is world renowned and many consider their healthcare provision to be the best in Europe. The overall standard of health and the possibilities to join local community groups puts France in the top five of expat destinations in Europe3.
France is rated second in Europe for overall Quality of Infrastructure and number one for the Quality of Roads4. In addition it has the second largest number of kilometres of high speed rail in Europe and the fourth in the World5.
The most problematic factors for doing business in France4 are considered to be:
• Restrictive labour regulations
• Tax rates
• Access to financing
1 European City Monitor, Cushman & Wakefield, 2011
2 Global MBA ranking 2012, Financial Times
3 Expat Explorer Survey, HSBC Bank International, 2009
4 Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012 (World Economic Forum)
5 Accenture and Ministry of Public Works, 2010