France boasts the fifth largest economy in the world and the third largest in the European Union. It is therefore a key player – both globally and regionally.
With a mature and sophisticated market economy, it is the second-largest trading nation in Europe (after Germany).
The country’s economy is driven by its substantial agricultural resources and a large industrial base.
It performed better than most other European countries during the global financial crisis, despite an economic contraction of 2.5 percent in 2009 (4.1 percent for the Euro area).
As the world’s fifth largest exporter, France’s GDP represents 4.47 percent of the world economy.
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