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  • Dazzling fireworks

    People have marvelled at pyrotechnic displays for centuries. This summer, our nights
    will once again be lit up by fireworks. In this sector, French pyrotechnists have
    developed specific expertise, which is sought after throughout the world.
    The fireworks market is worth a considerable amount. Each year, €4 billion is spent on
    firecrackers and fireworks
    worldwide. China remains not
    only the primary producer
    and exporter but also the
    greatest consumer of
    pyrotechnic products,
    accounting for 50% of global

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  • Remembrance Tourism in France

    Verdun, Omaha Beach, Péronne, Caen, Oradour are among the 155 remembrance sites
    throughout France.

    Most of these destinations were recently adapted for tourism. 80% of them were opened in
    1980 with immediate success. According to a joint survey by Atout France, the French
    Tourism Development Agency, and the French Defence Ministry, almost 6.2 million people
    visited these sites in 2012, including 45% of foreigners. 70% of foreign visitors come from five
    countries, as follows: the United Kingdom (17%), Germany (16.5%), Belgium (15.5%), the
    Netherlands (13.2%) and

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  • France’s Big Ambitions for "Big Data"

    The volume of computer data generated worldwide is set to double every 18 months until 2020. IT and
    digital services companies are developing and implementing powerful computers to respond to strong
    demand for storage and processing of massive quantities of data, more widely known as "Big Data".
    The aim is to manage the exponential growth of an enormous volume of information, and France is
    well placed in this fast-growing sector.

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  • A world first for the human heart in Paris

    For the first time anywhere, a total, permanent artificial heart, designed by the biomedical firm Carmat, has been implanted into a patient. This 100% French medical prowess was performed by a team at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, led by Professor Alain Carpentier, a specialist in cardiovascular surgery. This audacious and risky procedure represents a magnificent hope for the 20 million patients suffering from heart failure in Europe and the United States.

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  • France, a leading seed exporter

    In France, the seed sector has not suffered the effects of the crisis. Agricultural products
    including maize, oilseed rape, vegetable seeds and linseed are central to the soaring rise
    of France’s agriculture and agrifood industries.
    Enjoying very good climate conditions, innovative and diversified crops and an excellent image
    abroad, France’s agriculture exported seed and seedlings
    worth €1.42 billion over the 2012-2013 period: a year-onyear
    rise of 15%. “That’s the equivalent of 20 Airbus A320s”,
    says François Burgaud, external

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  • France ranked in the global top-three for innovation

    There’s no shortage of innovation in France! In its October 2013 ranking of the world’s most innovative countries, the Thomson-Reuters Agency placed France in third position.

    Twelve French groups among the world’s most innovative.

    In this ranking, the American agency lists the companies and research centres which are developing a highly dynamic patent policy (volume of patents published, the rate of granted patents and their influence).

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  • French-style franchising - an attractive model

    French franchises are flourishing! As the leaders in Europe, they have seen their numbers double
    in the past ten years, with steady growth of between 8% and 11% over the last five years. The
    number of franchises is increasing by 5% to 10% annually - in 2012, there were an estimated
    1,658 networks, with a turnover of €50.68 billion (compared to €47.88 billion in 2011).

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  • FIAC, the international meeting place for contemporary art

    Art will once again take centre stage at the International Contemporary Art Fair (Foire internationale de l’art contemporain, FIAC) in Paris, from 24 to 27 October 2013. For its 40th edition, the fair will display artworks from galleries across the world in the most famous monuments of the French capital, such as the Grand Palais, the Louvre and the Palais de Tokyo.

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  • Automotive industry professionals gather at the EQUIP AUTO show

    Hutchinson, Accor Lubrifiants, Chimirec and Vernet. You may not recognize their names, but these manufacturers make most of the parts of our vehicles. French automotive parts manufacturers are a potential growth sector, which the federation French Vehicle Equipment Industries (Fiev) intends to promote at the EQUIP AUTO show. They are a safe bet for the revival of French industry.

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  • The Metz International Fair: a showcase for the dynamism of Lorraine

    Lorraine will once again be the centre of attention from 27 September to 7 October during the 78th Metz International Fair. This event illustrates the dynamism of the businesses of one of France’s leading exporting regions.

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