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Cock-a-doodle-doo! France has ten economic performances

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The newspaper Le Monde, in an article by Mathilde Damgé on March 2, 2015, presents the ranking of France's ten economic performances. Useful in these times to reframe a little the morale of the French! The hexagon is first in the world in the next ten rankings.

The first tourist destination

There were more than 1.1 billion international tourists in the world in 2014, according to provisional figures from the World Tourism Organization. Among them, 84.7 million have visited France, which allows our country to remain the world's leading tourist destination.
However, these provisional figures, revealed by the Alliance 46.2 group of tourism professionals, show that France is stagnating compared to last year. In the summer of 2013, President François Hollande has decreed a general mobilisation to revitalise French tourism, establishing the subject as a "national cause". The aim being to put Spain back in front in terms of tourism receipts.

A productive vine

France recovered in 2014 its title of leading wine producer. She had ceded it in 2012 to Italy, which fell back to second place on the podium. Spain completes the leading trio, consecrating the Old Continent as the world's main supplier of wine. According to figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), the country of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne has 46.2 million hectolitres in its vats, an increase in volume of 10 % compared to 2013.

The luxury strategy

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French luxury houses are parading at the forefront of the global luxury goods market, according to the 2013 study by the consulting firm Bain & Company. According to the consultants' calculations, French brands monopolise a quarter of the sector's worldwide turnover. Out of 270 prestigious brands in the world, 130 are French, reports the Ministry of Economy.

Tricolour seeds all over the planet

France remains the world's leading exporter of field crop seeds, with maize at the top, according to figures from the global corporate grouping International Seed Federation.
In 2012, the turnover of the French seed export industry will remain at 1.6 billion euros; the next two, the Netherlands and the United States, will reach 1.4 and 1.35 billion euros respectively.

Footballers export themselves well

French footballers are successfully moving abroad. According to the Football Observatory of the Centre international d'étude du sport in Neuchâtel113 players who grew up in France are playing in the four biggest European leagues (Italy, England, Spain and Germany) this season.
A record: the Observatory notes that "France has for the first time become the most represented origin among expatriates" in the four other biggest championships on the continent. The two other nationalities most represented in foreign teams are Brazil and Argentina.

Sailboats sailing the seas

France is the world leader in the export of sailing boats, according to the latest figures from Customs, dating from 2013: "The production of sailing boats, the spearhead of the tricolour industry, amounts to 422.6 million euros in turnover (...) of which 75 % are made for export", states the Nautical Industries Federation (2012-2013 figures), which includes companies in the sector.
The monohull and multihull houseboat segments, in which France is also the world leader, contributed to this performance. In addition to sailing yachts, France is also the leader in inflatable and gliding yachts, adds FIN.

Efficient e-government services

According to a United Nations study, France has reason to be proud of its digital development as it leads a European ranking based on three criteria: telecommunications infrastructure, the level of education of its inhabitants and the online services offered by the administration. The latter are ranked first worldwide thanks to the service-public.fr website.

Aces of the atom

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Even if this proportion has started to decrease, France is the most "nuclearized" country in the world, in terms of energy, since it produces 73 % of its electricity thanks to its nuclear reactors, according to the latest figures (2013) from the Nuclear Energy Institute.
This energy independence, which General De Gaulle wanted after the Second World War, is however balanced against the need to diversify the tricolour energy coverage. The share of nuclear power in France's energy supply must to 50 % by 2025, François Hollande promised.

The land of great writers

With Patrick Modiano, France won its 15th Nobel Prize for Literature. The very first prize was also awarded to a Frenchman, Sully Prudhomme, in 1901.
France is the country with the highest number of winners. Out of 111 prizes awarded since 1901, The 15 French thus take the lead in the ranking of the most awarded nationalities, ahead of the United States (12 winners), the United Kingdom (10), Germany and Sweden (8 each).

The best health care system

Admittedly, the report dates back to the year 2000. but the World Health Organization's (WHO) observation is indisputable: France has the best healthcare service in the world, or at least among the 191 member countries of the organization. "The analysis concludes that France provides the best general health care, followed by Italy, Spain, Oman, Austria and Japan. »
In previous reports, France was third (with Japan leading the way), but only the general level of health of the population - mainly life expectancy - was taken into account. In the approach adopted by the WHO in 2000, more qualitative criteria were added, such as the functioning of the health system and patient satisfaction, the share financed directly by the population and the equitable distribution of care.

Mathilde Damgé - Le Monde, March 2, 2015

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