Institutional actors

There is a wide network of agencies supporting French businesses in the US and promoting France attractiveness to the US. This network covers a wide array of sectors, expertise and geographical distribution. Each individual or structure which works on reinforcing the economic links between France and the US can be considered part of the French economic diplomacy. We list here the main partners:

Résultats de recherche d'images pour « ambassade france etats unis »The Embassy of France in the United States

The Ambassador, as the representative of the French Republic, embodies the French economic diplomacy policy in the United States (See more). Under his authority, the Department of Treasury and Economic Affairs is in charge of the overall support to the French business community in the United States. The Department of Treasury and Economic Affairs is thus a key insitutional entry point (See more). Other departments within the Embassy also play a major role in supporting the economic diplomacy (See more). Finally, the ten Consul General, as representative of France and go-between vis à vis local authorities within their jurisdiction, also act as crucial players of the economic diplomacy (See more).

Business France

  •  As a government owned agency, Business France assists French companies who want to export in North America, and North American companies who want to invest in France. Their team has both the knowledge and the experience to facilitate BtoB trade relations between the three countries. With offices and branches in New York, Boston, Toronto, Montréal, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Vancouver, and San Francisco, Business France North America is present from coast to coast.Their role is to:
    Advise and inform by providing companies with information on business opportunities, market access and analysis, and by organizing trade, informational and promotional events
  • Source and connect by organizing trade missions for companies looking for importers, distributors, investments, clients and partners
  • Integrate them locally through communication services in North America or introductions to partners and suppliers in France
  • overcome preconceptions and improve how the French economy is perceived by using key facts and figures

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Did you know ? The Welcome to France office, a dedicated Business France service specialized in international transfers, assists you with moving you or your staff to France:

         French Foreign Trade Advisors

Selected for their competence and their international experience, the ‘Conseillers du Commerce extérieur de la France’ (CCE – French Foreign Trade Advisor), for more than 115 years and on a voluntary basis, have been placing their experience at the service of France’s economic presence around the world. CCEs provide information, analyses and recommendations on the challenges of world trade and on specific markets to public authorities, share their expertise with companies, in particular with SMEs, whom they sponsor and support on a voluntary basis in their international development, assist numerous educational establishments in raising young people’s awareness of international careers (first person accounts, juries, tutoring, etc.) and help to enhance the image of France abroad in their dealings with company directors and local economic authorities and, where appropriate, facilitate decisions to invest in France.  See more

French-American Chamber of Commerce in New-York (FACC)    The French American Chamber of Commerce

The French-American Chamber of Commerce is the most important private organization of its kind.  For more than a century, the FACC has actively promoted strong economic and commercial relations between the United States and France and helped its broad and diverse network of member companies to develop their business on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The FACC boasts 20 Chapters in all major U.S. cities. FACC staff welcomes the opportunity to facilitate targeted connections between member companies in New York and the staff of other Chambers.

List of chapters


Bpifrance is a public investment bank and a trusted partner for entrepreneurs resulting from the merger of OSEO financing professions, the Strategic Investment Fund (FSI), the FSI Regions and CDC Entreprises (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations) activities. Since the 1st of January 2013 Bpifrance has been the armed wing of the French State for competitiveness and growth services for companies. With 2 200 employees ready to serve entrepreneurs, Bpifrance has three goals:

  • to accompany businesses in their growth;
  • to prepare tomorrow’s competitivity;
  • to develop an ecosystem that favours entrepreneurship

Bpifrance assists businesses of all sizes, primarily micro-businesses, SMEs, mid-caps but also big firms that are considered strategic in terms of national economy, territories or employment. Bpifrance finances businesses from the seed phase to transfer to stock exchange listing, through loans, guarantees and equity. See more

 Atout France

Atout France, the French government’s sole operator in terms of tourism development, is entrusted with contributing to the reinforcement of the attractiveness of Destination France and of the competitiveness of its companies and related sectors. Thanks to its 33 offices spread across 30 countries and to a strong collaboration with the Embassies in nearly 70 markets, this agency has developed a unique expertise along with a precise understanding of the international tourism clientele and of the various bodies involved in its distribution. See more

French Tech Hub

Based in San Francisco, New York and Boston, the French Tech Hub is a subsidiary of Paris Region Enterprises, in collaboration with Ile-de-France Region, Business France, Bpi france, Ministère du Commerce extérieur, La French Tech and Aquitaine Region. In February 2014, French Tech Hub was inaugurated by top French government officials to offer the best talents, resources and services for French entrepreneurs with ambitions to tackle the U.S. and global markets. See more