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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
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 $3,312,352,016 $5,915,131,114
Product trade (2014)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - France
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $105,518,591 $62,519,652
02 Veg. Prod. $97,515,307 $31,439,158
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $444,772 $5,276,495
04 Food Prod. $43,303,538 $787,748,270
05 Mineral Prod. $867,400,777 $89,515,989
06 Chemical Prod. $222,757,604 $1,311,007,710
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $38,686,429 $234,762,360
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $11,720,722 $69,175,087
09 Wood Prod. $29,053,459 $9,004,285
10 Paper Prod. $96,078,181 $161,662,245
11 Textiles Prod. $6,918,402 $53,236,957
12 Dress Access. $863,402 $13,469,510
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $10,673,399 $47,566,616
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,448,216 $34,978,763
15 Base Metal Prod. $124,978,740 $301,484,087
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $1,017,539,152 $1,388,272,945
17 Vehicles and Equip. $406,887,964 $738,763,760
18 Specialized Inst. $155,774,336 $329,199,265
19 Arms & Ammunition $3,231,159 $2,015,949
20 Misc. Articles $19,511,907 $75,910,668
21 Antiques $18,847,803 $50,040,274

Capital: Paris
Population (million): 63.66
Total Area: 547,030km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.68 EURO (EUR)(2014)
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: Emmanuel Macron

Main Political Parties:
Socialist Party (PS), Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), 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, 2014.


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type France Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 2891.29 1881.42
GDP per capita: ($) 45417.9 53593.83
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.28 2.02
Inflation: (%) 0.99 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 10.26 7.08

Trade and Investment (2014)

Canadian exports to country: $3,312,352,016
Canadian imports from country: $5,915,131,114
FDI in Canada: $11016 million (2013)
CDI in France: $5745 million (2013)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Lawrence Cannon


March 2015
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19