Survey Reflects Growing Concerns For Foreign Direct Investment in France

By Sam Willie

A new American Chamber of Commerce survey reflects growing irritation amongst those looking to make foreign direct investment (FDI) in France. In particular, some respondents highlighted concerns regarding: the cost of labor, the corporate-tax regime, the economic environment, the social climate, including political instability and strikes, and the quality of the workforce. As a result and not too surprisingly, investors are turning to Britain and Germany to make FDI. At a time when competition for job-creating FDI is fierce, the sentiments echoed in the survey results should come as worrying news for French PM François Hollande.