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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 $5,552,356,576
2012 $3,152,087,217 $5,016,944,028
2013 $3,039,401,411 $5,387,153,974
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - France
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $85,557,090 $61,557,007
02 Veg. Prod. $73,714,440 $34,688,068
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $164,330 $3,335,462
04 Food Prod. $35,266,695 $795,903,470
05 Mineral Prod. $843,747,720 $70,670,911
06 Chemical Prod. $215,452,856 $1,264,898,600
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $37,225,960 $190,888,023
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $7,675,908 $59,642,259
09 Wood Prod. $32,517,001 $9,411,367
10 Paper Prod. $90,832,536 $148,862,559
11 Textiles Prod. $7,231,883 $49,181,201
12 Dress Access. $1,798,318 $13,318,162
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $9,903,392 $56,089,942
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,837,847 $34,358,189
15 Base Metal Prod. $97,299,168 $261,195,610
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $931,411,584 $1,172,141,642
17 Vehicles and Equip. $366,943,375 $655,642,336
18 Specialized Inst. $146,274,420 $305,975,642
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,957,075 $1,873,500
20 Misc. Articles $21,576,056 $69,129,310
21 Antiques $7,189,020 $60,412,682

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
Finance: Michel Sapin
Economy: Arnaud Montebourg

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)

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: $3,039,401,411
Canadian imports from country: $5,387,153,974
FDI in Canada: $11016 million
CDI in France: $5745 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Philippe Zeller

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Lawrence Cannon


May 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19