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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
2012 $3,381,693,340 $5,016,366,298
2013 $3,143,665,487 $5,385,134,032
2014 $3,312,415,869 $5,961,910,435
2015 $3,136,583,499 $6,803,760,379
2016 $3,418,061,620 $5,972,698,113
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - France
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $92,938,485 $64,394,216
02 Veg. Prod. $322,861,687 $54,244,960
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $574,590 $5,668,184
04 Food Prod. $63,432,898 $869,761,592
05 Mineral Prod. $550,917,662 $53,351,876
06 Chemical Prod. $193,917,841 $1,142,196,756
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $50,336,439 $275,539,437
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $11,264,485 $101,217,539
09 Wood Prod. $28,556,949 $14,173,739
10 Paper Prod. $106,930,776 $162,246,209
11 Textiles Prod. $6,892,936 $72,757,828
12 Dress Access. $2,769,856 $10,578,825
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $12,009,854 $58,209,301
14 Precious Metals/stones $5,919,498 $64,291,069
15 Base Metal Prod. $87,080,331 $275,050,921
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $1,049,120,493 $1,462,650,734
17 Vehicles and Equip. $505,030,795 $763,532,856
18 Specialized Inst. $171,666,598 $289,426,809
19 Arms & Ammunition $8,823,510 $3,898,977
20 Misc. Articles $26,060,173 $69,518,171
21 Antiques $47,700,143 $28,255,904

Capital: Paris
Population (million): 64.28
Total Area: 547,030km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.68208 EURO (EUR) (2016 - 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: 12 regions and 101 departments. Governing party: Socialist Party.

Head of State:
President François Hollande

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and International Dev.: Jean-Marc Ayrault
Finance and Economy: Michel Sapin

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 in April 2017. Senate: 6 year term. Next elections in September 2017. National Assembly: 5 year term. Next elections in June 2017.


Economic Information (2015)

Comparative figures
Type France Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3,102.77 1,987.87
GDP per capita: ($) 48,273.43 55,487.60
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.27 1.08
Inflation: (%) 0.09 1.1
Unemployment: (%) 10.38 6.89

Product Trade and investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $3,418,061,620
Canadian imports from country: $5,972,698,113
FDI in Canada: $7,896 million (2015)
CDI in France: $6,890 million (2015)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Lawrence Cannon


February 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19