Welcome to France. Internationally recognised for its culture, fashion and cuisine, France is an economically developed country. It has a strong business climate, keen interest in overseas investment, and is a major player both globally and in Europe. The French people are typically diverse and sophisticated, and the Government puts significant resources into encouraging foreign interest in the country.
To find out more about this exciting market and its opportunities, download our France market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 26th largest export market (20171)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||31 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||23 of 180|
Getting to France
Flying from New Zealand to France means at least one stopover. Air New Zealand, Emirates and Etihad Airways and their respective code share partners all offer non-direct flights. Depending on the stopover destination and waiting time, flight time is at least 24 hours.
When to visit
Many French people take summer holidays in July or August, and some companies even close over this period. It’s best to consider France’s national holidays before organising meetings.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on France.
In France, it’s important to keep professional life and private life separate. Business is conducted relatively formally and the process of negotiation and sales is often conducted slowly. Attention to detail is also important and, while not necessary, it helps make the right impression and shows attention if business cards are translated into French.
Download our guide on this page for more cultural information.
Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in France
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit France, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with France
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with France, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their France page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.
Browse our France market guide.