CNUCED Global Report on Investment, released in June 2019, has confirmed France’s attractiveness in hosting FDI*
France has received no less than 37,3 billion dollars in FDI in 2018, a 25.1%-increase in comparison with 2017. The country ranks twelfth when it comes to hosting FDI, behind the US, China, Hong-Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, the UK, Brasil, Australia, Spain, India and Canada.
This comes a a bit of a surprise, especially considering that FDI flows have declined by 13.4% in 2018 globally, and by 18.5% within the European Union alone. This global recession is a direct consequence of repatriations led by American multinational companies following 2018 government tax reform, with a major impact in developed countries. FDI has decreased by 26.7% in developed countries and currently accounts for less than 50% of the global flow, whereas investments directed towards Asia and Africa have respectively increased by 3.8% and 10.9%.
France now ranks 11th in terms of incoming FDI stock, with a slight increase of 0.8% in 2018.
*Source: Business France