[Creative France] France is innovative [fr]
Key info in 10 points about FRANCE IS INNOVATIVE.
1. READILY ACKNOWLEDGED POSITIVE IMAGE
75 % of foreign company directors surveyed cite innovation and R&D operations as a component of France’s attractiveness to investment. (TNS Sofres-IFA 2014)
2. HIGH R&D EXPENDITURE
France is ranked sixth in the world for gross domestic expenditure on R&D (US$45.7 billion) after the United States, China, Japan, Germany, and South Korea. (OECD)
3. LARGE PROPORTION OF R&D PERSONNEL
With 14.9 researchers per 1,000 members of the labor force in 2012, France is ranked among the leading countries in the world. The number of R&D personnel in France equated to 246,731 full time equivalents (FTEs) in 2012, up 3.2% from 2011. (OECD)
4. HIGHLY QUALIFIED RESEARCHERS
12 of the 55 Fields Medals, often described as the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics”, have been awarded to French mathematicians. With 55% of tertiary education
graduates employed in scientific or technological occupations, France is well above the EU average (47%). (OECD)
5. FOREIGN INVESTMENT PROJECTS ON THE RISE
The number of foreign investment projects in R&D, engineering and design is growing rapidly, with 91 investment decisions recorded in France in 2013, versus 58 in 2012.
6. POSITIVE SPIN-OFFS FROM R&D ACTIVITIES
After setting up in 2011, the French subsidiary of American firm Steris Santé has been developing innovations in the Aquitaine region and using local subcontractors to make and improve new products. NXP Semiconductors created two R&D centers in the Midi-Pyrénées region in 2012-13 and continues to expand in France, acquiring American firm Freescale in 2014.
7. HIGH-FLYING COMPANIES
With 86 companies in the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, France outstripped its European counterparts. The top 10 French companies were: Weezevent, Visiomed, Energie Perspective, Alter CE, Lucibel, Webinterpret, Lekiosque.fr, Web Rivage, Openstudio, Optireno.
8. FOREIGN COMPANIES MAKE KEY CONTRIBUTIONS
Foreign subsidiaries in France account for 27% of all business enterprise R&D expenditure (BERD) and employ one-quarter of all researchers in France. Two sub-sectors in particular – manufacture of air/ spacecraft and electronic components/boards/ computers – stand out as being particularly researchintensive.
9. TAX BREAKS FOR INNOVATION
Thanks to its research tax credit and “new innovative company” status, France offers Europe’s most businessfriendly tax treatment of corporate R&D operations.
10. FOSTERING INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
Two phases of a €47 billion “National Investment Program” aligned with reforms set in motion to modernize the country: independence for universities, the “Campus Plan”, support for SMEs and specialist industrial sectors, the “Grenelle” environment laws,
“La French Tech” (a major initiative to support the growth of startups and digital companies), and “French Tech Hubs” (intended to give form and impetus to stakeholders in a given foreign city ecosystem).
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