France

In-depth country-focused analysis on France's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of France's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect France, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact France's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in France before your competitors.

France Country Risk

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Core Views: France's economy is showing signs of a sharp economic slowdown in light of the deteriorating global macroeconomic backdrop, and while a return to recessionary conditions remains...

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France Industry Coverage (18)

Agribusiness

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BMI View: We believe the grain s sector in France will continue to outperform other agribusiness segments in terms of production growth. This will be reinforced by the ongoing reforms of...

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Autos

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BMI View: In 2013, vehicle sales in France declined 5.4% on the back of a 5.7% fall in the passenger car segment and 3.9% fall in the CV segment. In 2014, we forecast a 2.2% increase in vehicle...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Defence & Security

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BMI View: BMI's France Defence and Security report for Q114 examines several aspects of the country's defence posture, its defence industrial complex, armed forces and defence decision-making...

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Food & Drink

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France's economic stagnation is becoming increasingly salient as recovery in the rest of the eurozone picks up momentum. In response to weaker demand, domestic manufacturers continued to cut jobs....

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Freight Transport

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BMI View: We believe the French economy will show signs of a protracted recovery in 2014, but is expected to struggle with long-standing labour issues and uncompetitive exports. These...

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Information Technology

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BMI View: T he French IT market is well developed with high penetration of products and solutions, as well as being home to some leading IT services providers and a growing cybersecurity...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View: Our estimates for a contraction in France's construction sector in 2013 ha ve been reinforced by official data reporting negative growth of 2.7% in the first nine months of the year....

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Medical Devices

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Espicom Industry View : Although France continues to rank among the top five largest medical markets in the world , growth rates are modest by global standards. The continuing drive to hold...

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Metals

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France's metals sector is set for very modest gro wth and, in some cases, decline, as major producers hold back on investment. Steel will continue to dominate the country's metals industry, but...

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View: Since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the 2012 p residential elections, French dependence on nuclear energy has been under the spotlight and has been set to be diluted...

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Petrochemicals

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The French petrochemicals industry suffered a decline in output in 2013 as a result of domestic and external economic woes but, while recovery is expected to begin in 2014, it will be some years...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: A number of biologics will lose patent protection between now and 2015, which means that France's biosimilar substitution legislation will pave the way to cost savings in the healthcare...

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Power

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BMI View: The government is taking steps to reduce France's dependence upon nuclear power, and by end-2014, it is expected to adopt a law to determine how to do this. This follows on from...

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Real Estate

Renewables

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BMI View: We are maintaining our short- and long-term forecasts for the non-hydropower renewable energy sector in France this quarter as our assumptions remain relevant. We highlight that the...

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Telecommunications

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BMI View: France continues to be one of the more lucrative markets in Western Europe, but operators have had to contend with an intensification of competition since t he launch of Free Mobile in...

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Water

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BMI View : I nvestment is focused on updating and expanding distribution and treatment in France's water sector, and efficiency is impr oving and overall extraction falling. The well regulated...

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