The French Economic Footprint in the U.S.

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France and the United States, in addition to their strong relationship at the political level, have deep economic ties that are mutually beneficial. These trade and investment flows support growth, jobs and innovation in both countries.

France and the U.S. trade over $ 100 billion per year in goods and services.

There are $ 251 billion of French FDI stock, making France the 5th largest foreign investor. The U.S. is France’s #1 source of foreign investment with $80 billion FDI stock.

French firms support 590,600 jobs in the U.S., making France the 5th largest foreign employer in the U.S. U.S. firms employ around the same number of people in France.

French affiliated firms invest $ 7 billion in R&D annually, 12% of the U.S. foreign R&D. France is the U.S. #2 source of R&D in the manufacturing sector, while the U.S. is France’s #1 source of foreign R&D.

The information provided on this page is non-exhaustive and based on publically available data, mainly from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau for Economic Analysis, as well as publically available corporate data.

To report any inaccuracy or for questions or comments regarding France’s economic footprint in the U.S., please contact washington@dgtresor.gouv.fr.

Click here to download the full 2017 France-U.S. Economic Report (5.5Mo).

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