Creative Industries France

Population: 66,259,012 (July 2014 est.)
Internet country code: metropolitan France – .fr; French Guiana – .gf; Guadeloupe – .gp; Martinique – .mq; Mayotte – .yt; Reunion – .re
Capital: Paris

Flag France | Creative Industries France | Creative EconomyFlag description:
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:
Ministry of Crafts, Trade and Tourism:
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.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris (French: La Tour Eiffel) | Creative Industries France | Creative Economy

The Eiffel Tower, Paris (French: La Tour Eiffel, nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady)

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.

France derives 79% of its electricity from nuclear power. | Creative Industries France | Creative Economy

France derives 79% of its electricity from nuclear power, the highest percentage in the world.


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. With at least 82 million foreign tourists per year, France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third largest income in the world from tourism. 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 stagnated in 2012 and 2013. The unemployment rate (including overseas territories) increased from 7.8% in 2008 to 10.2% in 2013. Youth unemployment in metropolitan France decreased from a high of 25.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 22.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013. Lower-than-expected growth and high spending have strained France’s public finances. The budget deficit rose sharply from 3.3% of GDP in 2008 to 7.5% of GDP in 2009 before improving to 4.1% of GDP in 2013, while France’s public debt rose from 68% of GDP to nearly 94% over the same period. In accordance with its EU obligations, France is targeting a deficit of 3.6% of GDP in 2014 and 2.8% in 2015. The administration of President Francois HOLLANDE has implemented greater state support for employment, the separation of banks’ traditional deposit taking and lending activities from more speculative businesses, increasing the top corporate and personal tax rates, including a temporary 75% tax on wages over one million euros, and hiring an additional 60,000 teachers during his five-year term. In January 2014 HOLLANDE proposed a “Responsibility Pact” aimed primarily at lowering labor costs in return for businesses’ commitment to create jobs. Despite stagnant growth and fiscal challenges, France’s borrowing costs have declined in recent years because investors remain attracted to the liquidity of France’s bonds.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$2.276 trillion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 10
$2.269 trillion (2012 est.)
$2.268 trillion (2011 est.)
note: data are in 2013 US dollars

France Creative

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)


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