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Come work in France

Entrepreneurs and talent from all over the world, France is opening its arms to you! The French Tech ecosystem has never been so dynamic and is looking for talent from all over the world to join it. Discover all the career opportunities and information you need to come and work (or come back) in France.

What is Welcome to France?

Backed by a team of international mobility specialists and a website www.welcometofrance.com, Business France supports foreign companies in their efforts to recruit international talent and provides information on all aspects of moving to France.

Thanks to this expertise, and in collaboration with the Mission French Tech, Business France has set up a single entry point to help international talent settle in France, particularly those wishing to be recruited by one of the start-ups in the French Tech Next40/120 and French Tech 2030 programmes, with the creation of a Welcome to the French Tech Desk. In this way, the team is working to inform both international talent and French start-ups recruiting internationally who are looking for key skills for their development.

International talent wishing to join the French tech ecosystem will find a number of resources on the www.welcometofrance.com website, including a personalised guide to setting up in France and a timetable to help them prepare for the formalities.

Do you have a question about the procedure for obtaining a visa and residence permit, your social protection or are you looking for practical advice to make your move easier? Find the answers on the Business France website.

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Why and how to work in France?

The attractiveness of the French ecosystem to international tech talent is widely acknowledged. Eager to shape the French tech ecosystem of tomorrow, France welcomes all profiles!

A dynamic economy and a model of technological innovation

France is the leading ecosystem in the European Union in terms of funding, and one of the only major tech ecosystems in the world not to have seen its funding levels fall: +16% in 2022 VS 2021, compared with a decline of 30% to 40% for other markets.

In 2022, for the fourth year running, France is once again the European country that attracts the most foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, according to the EY barometer. This attractiveness reflects the economic dynamism made possible by a series of ambitious reforms carried out since 2017.

French Tech, the name given to the ecosystem of French technology start-ups, represents nearly 25,000 companies that account for 1.1 million direct and indirect jobs.

The French DeepTech ecosystem is increasingly establishing itself as a leader. France is the 2nd country in terms of investment in DeepTech in Europe, with €2.3 billion raised in 2022, preceded by the United Kingdom and followed by Germany and Sweden.

Mission French Tech, led by the French government, supports the French tech movement

The government is confirming its ambition to encourage the growth of French start-ups and to become a major international magnet for the French Tech ecosystem.

Mission French Tech is the French government body responsible for supporting and promoting the French start-up ecosystem.

Based at Station F (Paris), the largest start-up campus in the world, Mission French Tech implements public policies in favour of the start-up ecosystem by creating support programmes that are rolled out locally and internationally by its network of private and public players.

In particular, it is behind the French Tech Next40/120 support programme for the best start-ups in France.

A quality of life recognised by all

France’s quality of life is due in particular to a number of systems that are favourable to new talent:

  • High-quality social security, with one of the best health systems in the world according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and affordable healthcare costs.

  • An attractive tax regime for expatriates, with a dedicated and attractive tax regime for a period of up to 8 years

  • An education system that is internationally recognised and booming, with over 30 courses in the Shanghai ranking, more than 550 international programmes and 18 languages taught