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Foreign investment to France hits record high

France’s inbound FDI has reached its highest since the 2008 financial crisis.

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Is France sending mixed signals on AI?

The French government has shown its ambition to become a global leader in artificial intelligence, but experts fear its proposal to limit foreign investment in some new technologies could derail these efforts. Cécile Sourbes reports. 

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Bordeaux mayor looks to magnetise investors

Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé has ambitious plans to create 100,000 new jobs by 2030, and is leveraging the French city's world-class reputation for wine to attract other investment with the Magnetic Bordeaux campaign. He talks to Courtney Fingar.

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Attali says French reforms will pay off

French economist, writer, political adviser and senior civil servant Jacques Attali tells Courtney Fingar why he backs president Emmanuel Macron's reform plans, and explains why adult education is one of the most important areas of reform.

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Grape expectations: how Bordeaux went from 'Sleeping Beauty' to FDI hotspot

Bordeaux enjoys the many tourists and the association with quality that its eponymous wine brings, but the French city is busy developing business clusters in other sectors – and is attracting plenty of investment, as Courtney Fingar discovers.

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Lille: success by design

When Lille beat Sydney to be named World Capital of Design 2020, a few eyebrows were raised. But locals say the French city’s combination of a pleasant environment, well connected location and hi-tech expertise will keep it in the spotlight. Courtney Fingar reports. 

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France ponders difficult decisions over Chinese FDI

Since his election, president Emmanuel Macron has been on a mission to better control Chinese FDI in France. But doing so without threatening investors is a tricky balancing act, as Cécile Sourbes finds.

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Paris Region president takes pride in challenging prejudices

Paris Region president Valérie Pécresse is keen to inform would-be investors of the area's many charms, but is also aware that doing business in France comes with many preconceptions for outsiders. She explains to Sebastian Shehadi how these barriers are being broken down.

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Hauts-de-France extends hand of friendship to Brexit-bound UK

In the run up to the UK leaving the EU in 2019, the French region of Hauts-de-France is positioning itself as a top destination for UK companies. But unlike others in Europe, it favours fostering two-way arrangements, as Cécile Sourbes reports.

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Plus ça change? Reassessing the French investment opportunity

French employment law is becoming easier to navigate, and with Brexit on the horizon, the time is ripe for US companies to reassess the opportunities France presents. 

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