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Fact Sheet

France

Official Title:
French Republic


General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
5-year trade
Canada - France
Year Exports Imports
2009 $2,676,607,324 $5,630,378,642
2010 $2,349,275,091 $5,434,180,411
2011 $3,080,849,952 $5,551,992,890
2012 $3,151,772,844 $5,016,828,768
2013 $3,027,615,579 $5,373,874,034
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - France
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $87,176,917 $61,556,338
02 Veg. Prod. $73,970,402 $34,692,800
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $162,891 $3,345,356
04 Food Prod. $35,364,325 $796,212,077
05 Mineral Prod. $817,564,571 $70,670,837
06 Chemical Prod. $217,207,509 $1,257,790,545
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $37,591,173 $190,646,438
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $7,676,178 $59,623,597
09 Wood Prod. $32,574,949 $9,397,021
10 Paper Prod. $91,510,430 $148,850,131
11 Textiles Prod. $7,231,883 $49,152,559
12 Dress Access. $1,798,318 $13,310,888
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $9,903,381 $55,920,914
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,835,019 $34,354,103
15 Base Metal Prod. $98,177,875 $261,123,760
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $931,858,348 $1,170,667,899
17 Vehicles and Equip. $365,813,283 $652,743,883
18 Specialized Inst. $150,580,936 $305,671,436
19 Arms & Ammunition $2,975,500 $1,873,500
20 Misc. Articles $25,631,194 $69,230,855
21 Antiques $7,185,760 $59,203,494

Capital: Paris
Population (million): 63.66
Total Area: 547,030km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.73 EURO (EUR)(2013)
National Holiday: July 14 , Bastille Day
Language(s): French


Political Information

Type of State:
Presidential republic

Type of Government:
Semi-presidential democracy. Bicameral parliament with a 348-seat Senate (Sénat) (312 for metropolitan France, 21 for overseas departments and territories, and 12 for French nationals abroad) and a 577-seat National Assembly (Assemblée nationale). Prime Minister nominated by the National Assembly majority and appointed by the President. Council of Ministers (cabinet) appointed by the President on the suggestion of the Prime Minister. Administrative divisions: 26 regions and 100 departments. Governing party: Socialist Party

Head of State:
President François Hollande

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Manuel Valls

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and International Dev.: Laurent Fabius
Economy and Finance: Michel Sapin
Defence: Jean-Yves le Drian

Main Political Parties:
Socialist Party (PS), Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), Democratic Movement (MoDem), French Communist Party (PCF), Diverse Right (DD), Radical Left Party (PRG), Diverse Left (DVG), The Greens, Union of the Center (UDC), Democratic and European Social Rally (RDES), National Front (FN), Centrist Union (UC), Communist, Republican and Citizenship (CRC), Democratic Republican Left (GDR), New Centre (NC). Senate: UMP (132), PS (140), UC (31), CRC (21), RDSE (17), Indep. (7) Nationale Assembly: UMP (317), PS (204), GDR (25), NC (23), Indep. (8).

Elections:
President: 5 year term; next elections, April 2017. Senate members: 6 year terms; next election, September, 2014.


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type France Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 2817.87 1878.77
GDP per capita: ($) 44264.61 53518.54
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.27 2.01
Inflation: (%) 0.99 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 10.81 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $3,027,615,579
Canadian imports from country: $5,373,874,034
FDI in Canada: $14843 million (2012)
CDI in France: $4684 million (2012)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Philippe Zeller

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Lawrence Cannon


April 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19