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US$ 10,389 million
FDI from April 2000 to September 2022

US$ 7,610.06 million

Valuation of India’s export to France

Overseas Indians living in France


France is the recipient of more than 1,100 foreign investments every year, winning the top position in Europe for production projects


5th largest economy in the world, 2nd biggest consumer market in Europe and the 7th largest foreign investor in the world


France offers opportunities for strategic partnership in defence production and development

Sustainable Urban Development

Expertise to promote technical cooperation in areas of smart cities development


France offers seamless facilitation channels for new businesses and innovations


France enjoys the No.1 place in the European venture capital ecosystem

India's Exports and Imports to France

Country / Region:  FRANCE

S.No. \Year 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
1. EXPORT 5,232.57 5,097.81 4,782.18 6,640.91 7,610.06
2. %Growth -2.58 -6.19 38.87 14.59
3. India’s Total Export 330,078.09 313,361.04 291,808.48 422,004.40 450,958.43
4. %Growth -5.06 -6.88 44.62 6.86
5. %Share 1.59 1.63 1.64 1.57 1.69
6. IMPORT 6,665.67 6,168.82 4,343.22 5,782.10 5,772.58
7. %Growth -7.45 -29.59 33.13 -0.16
8. India’s Total Import 514,078.42 474,709.28 394,435.88 613,052.05 714,042.45
9. %Growth -7.66 -16.91 55.43 16.47
10. %Share 1.30 1.30 1.10 0.94 0.81
11. TOTAL TRADE 11,898.24 11,266.63 9,125.40 12,423.01 13,382.63
12. %Growth -5.31 -19.01 36.14 7.72
13. India’s Total Trade 844,156.51 788,070.32 686,244.36 1,035,056.45 1,165,000.88
14. %Growth -6.64 -12.92 50.83 12.55
15. %Share 1.41 1.43 1.33 1.20 1.15
16. TRADE BALANCE -1,433.10 -1,071.00 438.96 858.81 1,837.48
17. India’s Trade Balance -184,000.33 -161,348.24 -102,627.40 -191,047.65 -263,084.03

Note:Since 2006-07, Petroleum figures are being computed from Import Daily trade Returns (DTRs) to genetate country-wise/port-wise tables. Up to 2005-06 consolidated petroleum import figures were being received from the Petroleum Ministry.


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Agricultural exports

    Apple juice (excl. of 2009.71), unfermented & not cont. added spirit, wheth … (200979)
    Apple juice, of a Brix value not >20, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, … (200971)
    Juice of any single citrus fruit other than orange/grapefruit, of a Brix va … (200931)
    Mixtures of juices, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, whether or not co … (200990)
    Orange juice, frozen, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, whether or not … (200911)
    Orange juice, not frozen (excl. of 2009.19), unfermented & not cont. added … (200919)
    Orange juice, not frozen, of a brix value not >20, unfermented & not cont. … (200912)
    OTHER JUICES (200989)


    Beer made from malt (220300)
    Liqueurs & cordials (220870)
    Mineral waters (nat./art.) & aerated waters, not cont. added sugar/oth. swe … (220110)
    Non-alcoholic beverages other than waters of 2202.10 (not incl. fruit/veg. … (220290)
    Rum & tafia (220840)
    Sparkling wine of fresh grapes (220410)
    Spirits obt. by distilling grape wine/grape marc (220820)
    Vodka (220860)
    Waters, incl. min. waters & aerated waters, cont. added sugar/oth. sweeteni … (220210)
    Whiskies (220830)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of >10 l (220429)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of 2 l/less (220421)


    Carcasses/half-carcasses of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (020110)
    Carcasses/half-carcasses of lamb, fresh/chilled (020410)
    Carcasses/half-carcasses of sheep (excl. lamb), fresh/chilled (020421)
    Cuts & edible offal of species gallus domesticus, fresh/chilled (020713)
    Cuts & edible offal of species Gallus domesticus, frozen (020714)
    Cuts & edible offal of turkey, fresh/chilled (020726)
    Edible offal of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (020610)
    Edible parts of plants, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added sugar/ot … (200899)
    Guts, bladders & stomachs of animals (other than fish), whole & pieces ther … (050400)
    Hams & cuts thereof (160241)
    Hams, shoulders & cuts thereof , fresh/chilled, bone-in (020312)
    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (excl. of 0201.10), bone-in (020120)
    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled, boneless (020130)
    Meat of bovine animals, frozen, boneless (020230)
    Meat of bovine animals, salted/in brine/dried/smoked (021020)
    Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen (020500)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb & carcasses), fresh/chilled, bone-in (020422)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb & carcasses), frozen, bone-in (020442)
    Meat of swine (excl. carcasses/half-carcasses/hams/shoulders & cuts thereof ), fresh/chilled (020319)
    Meat of swine (excl. carcasses/half-carcasses/hams/shoulders & cuts thereof ), froxen (020329)
    Meat of swine (excl. hams/shoulders & cuts thereof & bellies (streaky) & cu … (021019)
    OTHER DUCKS, FROZEN (020745)
    PIG FAT (020910)
    Sausages & sim. prods., of meat/meat offal/blood; food preps. based on thes … (160100)


    Bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits & oth. bakers’ wares n.e.s. in Ch.19, whethe … (190590)
    Sugar confectionery other than chewing gum (incl. white chocolate), not con … (170490)
    Sugars, incl. invert sugar & oth. sugar & sugar syrup blends cont. in the d … (170290)
    Sweet biscuits (190531)


    Maize (corn) starch (110812)
    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Maize (corn), seed (100510)
    Malt extract; oth. food preps. of flour/groats/meal/starch/malt extact [see … (190190)
    Other wheat and meslin (100199)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)
    WHEAT GLUTEN , W/N DRIED (110900)
    Wheat/meslin flour (110100)


    Chmcly pure glucos and its syrp without or with < 20% by wgt of fractos in dry state (170230)
    Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume <80%vol; oth. ... (220890)
    Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80% vol. (220710)


    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1803.10-1806.10), in blo … (180620)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1806.20-1806.32) (180690)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa, in blocks/slabs/bars, weighing 2k … (180631)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa, in blocks/slabs/bars, weighing 2k … (180632)
    Cocoa beans, whole/broken, raw/roasted (180100)
    Cocoa butter, fat & oil (180400)
    Cocoa paste, not defatted (180310)
    Cocoa powder, not cont. added sugar/oth. sweetening matter (180500)


    Butter (040510)
    Cheese (excl. of 0406.10-0406.40) (040690)
    Fats & oils derived from milk, other than butter & dairy spreads (040590)
    Fresh (unripened/uncured) cheese, incl. whey cheese, & curd (040610)
    Grated/powdered cheese, of all kinds (040620)
    Ice cream & oth. edible ice, whether or not cont. cocoa (210500)
    Milk & cream, concentrated (excl. in powder), sweetened (040299)
    Milk & cream, concentrated (excl. in powder), unsweetened (040291)
    Milk & cream, not concentrated/sweetened, fat content by wt. >1% but not >6 … (040120)
    Milk and cream, nt concentrated nor contain added sugar/ other sweetening matter of a fat content, by weight, > 10% (040150)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, fat content by wt. not >1.5% (040210)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, unsweetened, fat content by wt. >1 … (040221)
    Processed cheese, not grated/powdered (040630)
    Yogurt (040310)


    Pasta (excl. of 1902.11-1902.20) (190230)
    Rusks, toasted bread & sim. toasted prods. (190540)
    Stuffed pasta, whether or not cooked/othw. prepd. (190220)
    Uncooked pasta, not stuffed/othw. prepd., cont. eggs (190211)
    Uncooked pasta, not stuffed/othw. prepd., not cont. eggs (190219)
    Waffles & wafers (190532)


    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Tomato ketchup & oth. tomato sauces (210320)


    Cut flowers & flower buds of a kind suit. for bouquets/ornamental purps., d … (060390)
    ROSES (060311)


    Active yeasts (210210)
    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Homogenised composite food preps. (210420)
    Mixes & doughs for the preparation of bakers’ wares of 19.05 (190120)
    Natural honey (040900)
    Preparations for infant use, put up for RS (190110)
    Preparations of fruit (excl. citrus fruit; excl. homogenized), obt. by cook … (200799)
    Prepared foods obt. by the swelling/roasting of cereals/cereal prods. (190410)
    Prepared foods obt. from unroasted cereal flakes/mixts. of unroasted cereal … (190420)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of bovine animals (excl. homogenised preps.), incl. … (160250)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of fowls of the genus gallus domesticus (excl. homo … (160232)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of swine (excl. of 1602.41, 1602.42 & homogenised p … (160249)
    Sauces & preps. therefor, n.e.s.; mixed condiments & mixed seasonings, n.e. … (210390)
    Soups & broths & preps. therefor (210410)
    Tomato ketchup & oth. tomato sauces (210320)
    Whey & modified whey, whether or not concentrated/sweetened (040410)


    Apples, fresh (080810)
    Asparagus, fresh/chilled (070920)
    Asparagus, presvd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, not frozen, o … (200560)
    Aubergines (egg-plants), fresh/chilled (070930)
    Avocados, fresh/dried (080440)
    Bulbs, tubers, tuberous roots, corms, crowns & rhizomes, in growth/in flowe … (060120)
    Carrots & turnips, fresh/chilled (070610)
    Cauliflowers & headed broccoli, fresh/chilled (070410)
    Cranberries, bilberries & oth. fruits of the genus Vaccinium, fresh (081040)
    Cucumbers & gherkins, fresh/chilled (070700)
    Dates, fresh/dried (080410)
    Figs, fresh/dried (080420)
    Fresh fruit, n.e.s. (081090)
    Fruit & nuts, n.e.s., uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen, … (081190)
    Fruits of the genera Capsicum/Pimenta, fresh/chilled (070960)
    Garlic, fresh/chilled (070320)
    Grapefruit, fresh/dried (080540)
    Grapes, dried (080620)
    Grapes, fresh (080610)
    Guavas, mangoes & mangosteens, fresh/dried (080450)
    Kiwifruit, fresh (081050)
    Lemons (Citrus limon/limonum) & limes (Citrus aurantifolia/latifolia), fres … (080550)
    Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) (excl. cabbage lettuce) fresh/chilled (070519)
    Live plants, n.e.s., incl. their roots; mushroom spawn (060290)
    Mandarins, incl. tangerines & satsumas; clementines, wilkings & sim. citrus … (080520)
    Melons (excl. watermelons), fresh (080719)
    Mixtures of citrus fruits, cranberries, pears, apricot etc. (200897)
    Mixtures of vegetables, uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, froze … (071090)
    Mushrooms of the genus agaricus, fresh/chilled (070951)
    Mushrooms of the genus Agaricus, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/aceti … (200310)
    Mushrooms other than of the genus Agaricus, fresh/chilled (070959)
    Olives, presvd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, not frozen, othe … (200570)
    Onions & shallots, fresh/chilled (070310)
    Oranges, fresh/dried (080510)
    Peaches, incl. nectarines, fresh (080930)
    PEARS- FRESH (080830)
    Pineapples, fresh/dried (080430)
    Potatoes other than seed potatoes, fresh/chilled (070190)
    Potatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, frozen, other t … (200410)
    Potatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, not frozen, oth … (200520)
    Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries & loganberries, fresh (081020)
    Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, loganberries, black/white/red curran … (081120)
    Strawberries, fresh (081010)
    Strawberries, uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen, whether … (081110)
    Sugar beet seed, of a kind used for sowing (120910)
    Tomatoes, fresh/chilled (070200)
    Tomatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, other than whol … (200290)
    Tomatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, whole/in pieces … (200210)
    Vegetable seeds, of a kind used for sowing (120991)
    Vegetables & mixts. of vegetables, presvd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/ac … (200490)
    Vegetables, n.e.s., uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen (071080)
    Watermelons, fresh (080711)


    Beans (excl. vigna spp., phaseolus spp.), shelled, prepd./presvd. othw. tha … (200559)
    Beans (Vigna spp., Phaseolus spp.), shelled/unshelled, fresh/chilled (070820)
    Dried vegetables, n.e.s.; mixts. of dried vegetables, whole/cut/sliced/brok … (071290)


    Crustacean – frozen, shrimps and prawns; excluding cold water varieties, in shell or not, smoked, cooked or not, before or during smoking or by boilig water
    Fish fillets; fresh or chilled, of the families bregmacerotidae, Euclichthyidae, Gadidae, Macrouridae, Melanonidae, Merlucciidae, Moridae and Muraenolepididae
    Fish preparation; tunas, skipjack and atlantic bonito (Sarda spp.), prepared or preserved, whole or in pieces (but not minced)
    Fish; fresh or chilled, atlantic salmon (Salmon Salar) and Danube Salmon (Huncho Huncho), excluding fillets, livers, roes and other fish meat
    Molluscs; scallops, whether in shell or nor, including queed scallops of the genera pecten, Chlamys or Placopecten, frozen, dried, salted, in brine, or smaokes, cooked or not before or during the smoking process


    Ground-nuts, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added/sugar/oth. sweeteni … (200811)
    Hazelnuts/filberts (Corylus spp.), shelled (080222)
    Nuts (excl. ground-nuts), incl. mixts., prepd./presvd., whether or not cont … (200819)
    Nuts, n.e.s., fresh/dried, whether or not shelled/peeled (080290)
    Walnuts, shelled (080232)


    OTHER (060319)
    OTHER (200599)


    Broken rice (100640)
    Husked (brown) rice (100620)

Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of people who immigrate to France for work remains relatively low. However, France has merged several work permits into one, to attract highly-skilled workers. It is known as the multi-year residence permit – the Talent Passport. This card is issued in several situations, especially if you are highly qualified, want to start a business or invest in France, or if you are an artist. It is valid for 4 years maximum and renewable.

150 Indian companies operate in France (including sub-subsidiaries), employing more than 7,000 persons. Five largest Indian employers in France are Samvardhana Motherson Group and Mahindra & Mahindra (automotive), Tata Group (software &ITeS, metals and metalworking), Sintex Industries (chemicals and plastics) and Centum India (electrical, electronic and IT equipment)

More Info: Law Project on the Law of foreigners in France

    Public and private infrastructure building

    This sector, expected to grow at 25.6%, should lead the employment growth over the period to 2030. Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, France is focusing on development of affordable houses and renewable energy infrastructure by 2030. Positive growth in the sector promises job opportunities

    France's Official visa website

    The French government plans to generate 40% of the country’s total energy mix from renewable sources by 2030. This could create job opportunities in this sector

    France's official visa website

    Material and quality engineers

    The bottlenecks related to science and engineering professionals are considered particularly high in France. Shortages relate to a lack of candidates with appropriate higher education.

    France's Official visa website

    Jobs in banking and insurance sector like a junior accountant

    Demand for highly qualified staff and change in financial activities.

    France's Shortage Occupation List

    Medical doctors, doctors for rural areas, nurses and midwives

    France’s healthcare sector requires health professionals and veterinarians and is expected to employ 354,000 people by 2022. The health professionals benefit from strong employment dynamics due to the ageing French population and the increasing needs in terms of care and support of dependent people, in line with public health policy and insurance.

    France's Official visa website

    Culinary, server, personal care, hotel, tour and travel staffing

    As France is the most visited country in the world, there is a huge demand for hotels and hospitality workers.

    France's official visa website

    Software developers and system analysts

    In recent years, France’s attitude towards foreign workers has changed due to professional shortages – particularly in IT. By 2022, 303,000 people are expected to be employed as engineers. Growth prompted by development of new technologies, research and development efforts and stability in pharmacy, optics, aeronautics and electronic sectors.

    The strong employment increase for ICT professions is expected to persist in the upcoming years due to increasing use of ICT, notably by small and medium-sized enterprises. The development of big data, cloud computing and open sources activities will be the main levers of job growth in the digital sector.

    France's Official visa websiteFrench government employment agency

    Real estate lawyer, corporate lawyer

    Employment prospects for legal professionals and legislators appear to be very favourable with an increase of 1.5% per year over a ten year period (2012-2022), twice as high as that for all occupations.

    France's Shortage Occupation List

    Demand for Shop assistants

    Overall, the total number of retail chains amounted to 390 and the leading sector was fashion and clothing, with 135 chains.

    France's official visa website

    Shortage of primary and secondary teachers

    Due to reform in France’s master study programme in its education sector, there is a shortage of primary and secondary teachers. Future employment growth (in %) in education sector across Member States in 2018-2030 : 4.9 %

    France's official visa websiteFrance's Shortage Occupation List

Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from France
  • Defence aircraft and equipment
  • Textile
  • Vehicles (automobiles and parts) other than railway or tramway rolling stock
  • Gems & jewelry
  • Electrical machinery
  • Organic chemicals
  • Mineral fuels
  • Food
  • Pharmaceutical products
India's top export to France
  • Machinery and mechanical appliances
  • Organic chemicals
  • Footwear
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery & mechanical appliances
  • Gems and jewelry
  • Essential oils

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