The annual IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook analyses the capacity of countries to stimulate and sustain business competitiveness, using a composite competitiveness index based on four pillars: economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency, and infrastructure.
France gained one place overall in the 2017 standings, with particularly good showings for its world-leading infrastructure. Among other highlights, it was ranked sixth in the world for qualified engineers available in the labor market, fifth for technological infrastructure, and 10th for health and environment infrastructure.
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France also stood out for its innovation capacity and scientific performances, along with its highly skilled and productive workforce.
Through its internationally focused economy, France is the world’s seventh leading goods exporter and fifth leading exporter of services.