Bouygues is a French industrial group listed on Euronext Paris exchange and is a blue chip in the CAC 40 stock market index. The company was founded in 1952 by Francis Bouygues (educated at the École Centrale Paris, 1946) and since 1989 has been led by his son Martin Bouygues. In October 2005 it had over 113,300 employees in 80 countries. In 2004, it generated €23.4 billion in sales. Bouygues is also active in movie production, through the CiBy 2000 subsidiary (Little Buddha, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me) and in television with the TF1 Group, Europe's largest private channel.
In 1970 Bouygues became listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
In 1987 The company started operating the television channel TF1.
In 1988 Bouygues moved into its new Head Office, Challenger, in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.
In 1996 The company launched Bouygues Télécom.
In 2000 Bouygues acquired Colas.
In 2006 The company acquired 23.26% of Alstom.