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Old 26th Jul 2013, 11:44
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Originally Posted by KAG View Post
Reallity is the world invests in France, like it or not.

I was rather surprised, and sceptical, by your claims that France had such a high rate of inward investment, so I did a bit of Googling.

And guess what. Hands down, I have to acknowledge that you are correct. This is an interesting article discussing the ‘paradox’ of foreign investment in France.

France defies critics with foreign investment paradox | Reuters

As this article makes clear, though, there’s a bit more to the story than meets the eye. Part of France’s desirability to overseas investors can be attributed to attractive start up packages and tax breaks. These make France attractive for inward investors in the short term, but longer term it is still seen as an unattractive location. Most of the investment is in real estate and acquisitions rather than greenfield projects. French business actually invested more overseas than non-French businesses invested in France. And perhaps most significantly, a lot of the data pre-dates Hollande’s presidency……..
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