Creative Industries France
note: the above figure is for metropolitan France and five overseas regions; the metropolitan France population is 62,814,233 (July 2017 est.)
Internet country code: metropolitan France – .fr;
French Guiana – .gf;
Guadeloupe – .gp;
Martinique – .mq;
Mayotte – .yt;
Reunion – .re
three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the “Le drapeau tricolore” (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the “ancient French color” of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands
note: the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands
Official website: gouvernement.fr
Ministry of Crafts, Trade and Tourism: artisanat-commerce-tourisme.gouv.fr
Ubifrance: The French Agency for International Business Development. Ubifrance comes under the aegis of France’s Ministry for the Economy, Finance & Industry. It promotes technologies, products, services and know-how from France, and puts French-based professionals in contact with their international counterparts. ubifrance.com
French Republic / République Française
France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO’s integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing de Gaulle’s 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities – French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion – became French regions and were made part of France proper.
The French economy is diversified across all sectors. The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, including Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales. However, the government maintains a strong presence in some sectors, particularly power, public transport, and defense industries. France is the most visited country in the world with 83 million foreign tourists in 2016, including 530,000 visitors for the 2016 Euro Cup. France’s leaders remain committed to a capitalism in which they maintain social equity by means of laws, tax policies, and social spending that mitigate economic inequality.
France’s real GDP grew by 1.6% in 2017, up from 1.2% the year before. The unemployment rate (including overseas territories) increased from 7.8% in 2008 to 10.2% in 2015, before falling to 9.5% in 2017. Youth unemployment in metropolitan France decreased from 24.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 24% in the fourth quarter of 2016.
France’s public finances have historically been strained by high spending and low growth. Despite measures to restore public finances, the budget deficit rose from 3.3% of GDP in 2008 to 7.5% of GDP in 2009. In 2017, the budget deficit improved to 2.9% of GDP, bringing it in compliance with the EU-mandated 3% deficit target. Meanwhile, France’s public debt rose from 89.5% of GDP in 2012 to 96.9% in 2017.
Since entering office in May 2017, President Emmanuel MACRON launched a series of economic reforms to improve competitiveness and boost economic growth. President MACRON campaigned on reforming France’s labor code and in late 2017 implemented a range of reforms to increase flexibility in the labor market by making it easier for firms to hire and fire and simplifying negotiations between employers and employees. In addition to labor reforms, President MACRON’s proposed 2018 budget cuts public spending, taxes, and social security contributions to spur private investment and increase purchasing power.
France Creative is a professional organisation bringing together the French cultural and creative industries which took part in the economic panorama of the EU consult study « CREATING GROWTH : Measuring cultural and creative markets in the EU »
ADAGP (French collective rights management Society of authors in the visual arts)
Adami (French collective management society of performer’s rights),
AIPG (Association of the political and general information press),
FESAC (Federation of performing arts, music, audiovisual and cinema),
ESML (Organisation of online music publishers),
Procirep (Collective management society of cinema and television producers),
Prodiss (National employers’ organisation for promoters, festivals and venus in the field of popular music, musical and stand-up comedy),
Sacem (Society of authors, composers, and editors of music),
SNE (French publishers association),
SNEP (National federation of the phonographic industry),
SNJV (National federation of the video game industry),
SPPF (French collective management society if independent producers),
UPFI (French independent phonographic producers association)