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France : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$688.5 billion (2011 est.)
$588.4 billion (2010 est.)


$587.1 billion (2011 est.)
$517.2 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

2.3% (2011 est.)
1.7% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

9.3% (2011 est.)
9.3% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$35,600 (2011 est.)
$35,200 (2010 est.)
$34,800 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

1.6% (2010 est.)
-2.5% (2009 est.)
0.1% (2008 est.)

Internet users

45.262 million; 44.625 million (metropolitan France) (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

64 million; 62.6 million (metropolitan France) (2009)

Population growth rate

0.497% (2012 est.)


65,630,692 (July 2012 est.)
note: the above figure is for metropolitan France and five overseas regions; the metropolitan France population is 62,814,233

Historical background

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.

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Economic overview

France is in the midst of transition from a well-to-do modern economy that has featured extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies more on market mechanisms.

The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, banks, and insurers, and has ceded stakes in such leading firms as Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales.

It maintains a strong presence in some sectors, particularly power, public transport, and defense industries.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast France April 2016 Updater

Country Forecast France April 2016 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • April 2016
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

The president, François Hollande, will remain in office until May 2017. Despite this fixed electoral timetable, the president is under continuing political pressure. He has registered occasional ...

  • Countries : France, Europe


France - ISA Country Report

France - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • January 2017
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for France, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : France

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > France

Country Economic Forecasts > France

  • $ 163
  • Country report
  • January 2017
  • by Oxford Economics

This month will see the nomination of the Socialist candidate for the French presidential election in April/May. Recent developments suggest centre-left Emmanuel Macron has nearly caught up with the Front ...

  • Countries : France

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