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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.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - France
Year Exports Imports
2010 $2,349,275,091 $5,434,180,411
2011 $3,080,849,952 $5,552,356,576
2012 $3,381,693,340 $5,016,366,298
2013 $3,143,676,180 $5,385,109,393
2014 $3,312,134,893 $5,951,311,485
Product trade (2014)
21 HS Sections
Canada - France
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $105,477,407 $62,519,730
02 Veg. Prod. $97,520,302 $31,430,373
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $444,772 $5,276,545
04 Food Prod. $43,364,512 $787,815,787
05 Mineral Prod. $867,400,777 $89,698,995
06 Chemical Prod. $222,759,660 $1,311,177,285
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $38,686,429 $235,529,933
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $11,719,572 $69,176,946
09 Wood Prod. $29,053,459 $9,005,466
10 Paper Prod. $96,074,201 $161,692,195
11 Textiles Prod. $6,918,402 $53,246,107
12 Dress Access. $863,402 $13,465,332
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $10,673,399 $47,575,689
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,448,216 $34,984,914
15 Base Metal Prod. $124,978,740 $301,365,392
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $1,017,319,011 $1,390,562,687
17 Vehicles and Equip. $407,262,975 $744,283,094
18 Specialized Inst. $155,500,508 $329,144,543
19 Arms & Ammunition $3,097,753 $2,018,243
20 Misc. Articles $19,514,073 $75,898,385
21 Antiques $18,857,352 $50,094,835

Capital: Paris
Population (million): 63.92
Total Area: 547,030km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.68 EURO (EUR)(2014 - Annual average)
National Holiday: July 14 , Bastille taking 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: 22 regions and 101 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: Emmanuel Macron

Main Political Parties:
Socialist Party (PS), The Republicans, Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), Europe Ecology The Greens (EELV), Radical Left Party (PRG), Leftist Front (various), Republican and Citizens Movement (MRC), National Front (FN), Democratic Movement (MoDem)

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


Economic Information (2014)

Comparative figures
Type France Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3129.71 1971.9
GDP per capita: ($) 48962.77 55559.11
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.18 2.44
Inflation: (%) 0.61 1.9
Unemployment: (%) 10.31 6.92

Product Trade and investment (2014)

Canadian exports to country: $3,312,134,893
Canadian imports from country: $5,951,311,485
FDI in Canada: $11738 million
CDI in France: $6215 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Lawrence Cannon


January 2016
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19