Archive for December, 2012

How attractive is France’s investment environment?

December 17th, 2012 1 comment

The French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) posted the following summary of a report recently carried out by consulting and accounting firm KPMG.

The full report is available here, entitled “Facts & Figures on France’s Investment Attractiveness”.

Probably a good idea to check out other resources as well.

There is an interesting report by The Economist in their “The World in 2013” edition that highlights the likely challenges facing President Hollande’s administration in the next year including the difficulty in encouraging business growth and more investment.

While France remains a country that retains an attractive profile, there is a real risk that increasing taxes and a morose business climate could take hold and hamper growth in 2013. So although France has a lot to offer, it must make progress to improve the business climate and decrease unemployment. It’s not an easy time for Europe, and France will not be an exception. But as the adage goes, “no pain, no gain”.

From: Invest in France Agency

In the competition with other European countries to attract inward investment projects, France boasts a number of key strengths underpinning its investment attractiveness.

These advantages include:
– A large, dynamic market in Europe.
– A skilled, productive workforce.
– Recognized support to foster innovation.
– A plentiful supply of commercial real estate.
– Dense, high-quality transport infrastructure.
– High-quality energy and telecommunications at competitive rates.
– Renowned quality of life.

According to KPMG’s “Competitive Alternatives” biennial guide to business costs in over 100 cities in nine different countries, France stands out for having particularly attractive business setup costs, comprising labor costs, facility costs, transport, utility costs (electricity, natural gas, telecommunications) and corporate tax. In the 2012 edition, France was ranked fourth among the countries compared, up two places from sixth in the previous rankings (2010).

American Clubs in France: a great resource for events

December 17th, 2012 No comments

Bonjour everyone,

I’ve posted in the past about the American Clubs newsletter. It is not just for Americans but more of a resource for expats and French citizens alike to know what’s going on around in France in terms of networking with like-minded individuals in dozens of cities.

I encourage you to sign up for their newsletter (icon on right here to sign up under “Contact Us/Newsletter).

You should also be able to see the latest newsletter edition, for events all over France, here.

Happy networking!

Happy Holidays from Paris

December 17th, 2012 No comments
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AirBNB Paris hosting toys collection for kids Dec. 17-19

December 14th, 2012 No comments

AirBNB is hosting a toy drive from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19 in Paris to collect gifts for underprivileged children. Information below (time and address). Please bring out the holiday spirit and be generous. They are requesting toys to be new and in excellent state.

Happy Holidays! Joyeuses Fêtes !


Bonjour à tous,

En cette fin d’année, l’équipe Airbnb France souhaiterait aider les foyers plus défavorisés, en leur apportant un peu de magie.

Nous organisons une collecte de jouets dans nos locaux pour les reverser aux familles qui n’auront pas forcément de cadeaux à mettre au pied du sapin.

Nous invitons chaque membre de notre communauté qui voudrait nous aider à passer au “Salon de Noël Airbnb” (3 rue de Montyon, 5ème étage – Paris 9ème) du lundi 17 au mercredi 19 décembre, de 9h à 19h30 pour venir y déposer des jeux et jouets pour enfants* et boire un verre de l’amitié. Puzzles, jeux de construction, jeux de société, poupées, vêtements, livres… Si vos enfants ont grandi et n’ont pas eu le temps de les user, n’hésitez pas à nous les apporter !

Vous pourrez aussi laisser vos dons financiers à l’une des trois associations suivantes : les Restos du Coeur, Emmaüs – Fondation Abbé Pierre, ou Croix-Rouge française.

Si vous avez la moindre question, n’hésitez pas à contacter l’équipe Airbnb sur

Toute l’équipe Airbnb France vous souhaite un très joyeux Noël

et une excellente année 2013 !

Pour être sûr de pouvoir les distribuer, les associations demandent à ce que les jouets récoltés soient neufs ou en excellent état.


NB: this is not an ad for AirBNB but just a public service announcement to let you know about this toy drive during the holidays.

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières Dec. 6-9

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Lyon Fourviere Lumieres


The annual famous light festival in Lyon, France, Fête des Lumières, takes place this December 6th thru December 9th, 2012.

It is really a FANTASTIC show. The amazing aspect of the spectacle itself varies according to year, but you won’t regret going. You may only regret the crowds. I’ve been the past 5 festivals and the population of Lyon doubles to almost 4 million during the long weekend.

You can find out more on their Facebook page and the official site. The site is also available in English. The site has useful information on different shows around the city and times.

Travel info
-You’ll want to check out the TCL Lyon public transport system website for travel updates.

-The regional train system, TER Rhone-Alpes, has information on train schedules as well.

-If you’re taking a TGV via SNCF, check out the SNCF website “Gares en Mouvement” to see about train arrivals and departures. They also have tips for visits to Lyon.

-If you’re flying in, the Aeroports de Lyon website has information.

-Hotels are usually booked this weekend months in advance. Check out classifieds or apartment sharing websites at this point.

It’s truly a wonderful festival, and I love the city of Lyon. Check out my post from last year.

Bonne visite !

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