With the world's sixth-biggest economy, France is a nation full of heavy hitters across all industries. Alongside the rest of Europe, the French social and economic landscape has changed significantly over the past 50 years, mainly by way of the evolution of the European Union. Globalisation, too, has had a part to play in this.
The France of today is a world where its multinational corporations have traditionally had close ties to the State. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, elected in May 2007, has promised economically liberal strategies for growth, whilst throwing his weight behind traditional socialist policies. Whatever they face, however, one thing is for sure: all the companies featured in this guide are relentlessly chasing growth. Inside, Vault has profiled the biggest and best known companies in France, presenting you with information on which companies are expanding, recruiting and scouting for new talent.