News in France
“Create forums for discussion and try to sow the seeds for France’s Apple of the future.” This is the aim of the organizers of the international Industry and Design (ID) Summit, to take place in Nantes on 5-6 September.
For the 1st Industry and Design Summit, the Premier Cercle think tank and Le Public Système agency have
France is the world’s leading tourist destination, and its tourism industry generates close to 900,000 direct salaried jobs. To remain competitive, the country adapts to increasingly varied demand. One example is “green tourism”: Sustainable development is gradually gaining ground in French tourism strategies.
France ranks second after the United States with 58 reactors and possesses globally acknowledged expertise in the nuclear sector which is the fruit of the constant commitment and investment of French industrial groups and SMEs for the past 60 years.
The French nuclear sector is currently
According to a survey by Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, growth in the world luxury sector increased by about 10% in 2012. French companies, which account for a quarter of worldwide turnover, are the most dynamic in the sector.
The French boat industry is a strong exporter, largely due to its innovations, which are these days turned towards promoting environmentally friendly yachting. Its creative imagination also lends itself to furthering the more fanciful end of the yachting market with futuristic prototypes piloted by celebrity sailors.
It is boom time for the art market in France. 2011 was a year that beat all records: art dealers realised a total turnover of 2.38 billion euros, an increase of 8.6% on 2010. While spectacular sales tend to happen at the auctions, a fair proportion now take place at art fairs, by private sale. For instance, the FIAC international contemporary art fair in Paris, held in the Grand Palais from 18 to 21 October 2012, brings in
After his compatriot Albert Fert in 2007, it is the
turn of Serge Haroche to be awarded this year’s Nobel
Prize in Physics. The Nobel Academy has awarded the
prize for his work in quantum physics.
French experts are recognised worldwide for
breaking new ground in the development and teaching of
what are known as minimally invasive surgical techniques,
particularly in transgastric surgery. The constant
innovations in robotics and virtual techniques in operative
practice are opening up new possibilities, such as surgical
interventions that leave no visible scars.
Six months after the launch of this genuine
world first in Paris, Autolib’ self-service electric
cars are now well established in the capital.
Electric car hire for very short periods: a new form
of urban transport, but that’s not all…
Public land transport is developing in
France and throughout the world, with a growing
trend towards high-speed cross-border trains,
trams and regional trains. Technological
innovations are increasing and French expertise,
represented to a large extent by the firm Alstom,
has a well-established reputation.