France dedicates 2.23% of its GDP (i.e. about 45 billion Euros) to private and public research activities.

Research employs 412,000 individuals, including 259,000 researchers spread by 40% in the public sector and 60% in the private sector.

The impact of French publications is the 4th most significant in the world.

France is also ranked 4th globally for the number of Nobel prizes (61). The most recent went to Patrick Modiano (literature, 2014), Jean Tirole (Economy, 2014), Serge Haroche (Physics, 2012) and Jules Hoffmann (Medicine, 2011).

In mathematics, France is ranked 2nd in the world with 13 Fields medals, with Frenchmen Artur Avila (2014), Ngo Bao Chau & Cédric Villani (2010).

In France, research is carried out in universities and research entities such as the CNRS, INRA, INSERM, etc.
The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is the first research institution in the world in terms of number of scientific publications.

Additional material: Ten reasons to choose France for a research project (pdf)

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