The French production system is one of the most important in Europe. In 2019, the total of goods and services produced in France amounted to 2.35 trillion euros, the third largest in Europe after Germany and the United Kingdom (UK). In 2017, the French economy was made up of nearly four million companies. It's a productive power that has significantly increased since 2011 thanks to the emergence of a new type of organization, the micro-enterprise.
The boom of consulting companies & micro-business
Launched in 2008 under François Fillon’s government, the formerly auto-entrepreneur and now micro-entrepeneur status was intended to facilitate the administrative and financial management of the self-employed. Almost ten years later, in 2017, nearly 3.5 million French people were their own bosses. The same year, at the other end of the work chain, there were nearly 6,300 companies that employed more than 250 employees. From an industry point of view, it is in the trade sector where the most businesses are being created in France.
Companies offering support activities to other organizations are very popular in France. Indeed, in 2018, more than 150,000 such companies were founded. Nearly a third of the new businesses were micro-enterprises.
Diversity of taxes in France
Capital taxation, payroll taxes, value-added and turnover tax, taxation of results are the direct taxes to be paid by companies in France. In 2018, the total amount of direct company taxes was nearly 125 billion euros. By way of comparison, the total amount of income tax paid by French companies amounted to almost 78 billion euros in 2017. Some companies benefit from tax exemptions or reductions depending on their sector or turnover. In 2018, nearly 6 million companies in France paid VAT.
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In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 40 most important statistics relating to "Companies in France".