Major exports of France include aircraft and aircraft parts, machinery and transportation equipment, iron, steel, chemicals, plastics, medicinal drugs and beverages. In 2013, France conducted foreign trade with top export partners Germany, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, United States and Netherlands.Continue Reading
The primary industries that drive the French economy include aircraft, automobile, chemical, machinery, textile, steel, electronics, tourism and food processing industries. In 2012, France garnered the fifth highest spot in terms of global economic output, becoming the second-largest European economy. Aside from its major exports, France also ships automobiles, vehicular components, electronic and electrical devices, telecommunications products, refined petroleum, agricultural products, clothing, medical instruments and nuclear reactor technology. France also supplies electricity to other nations, which is mainly generated through nuclear power. The country ranked third behind Germany and Canada in terms of exporting electricity in 2012.
As of 2015, France is the seventh largest exporter in the world. In 2014, French exports totaled approximately $578.3 billion (in U.S. dollars), down by around $2.5 billion from the 2013 estimated gross export revenue, reports Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook. Germany, which is the leading importer of French commodities, contributed 16.6 percent of the $580.8 billion net export income in 2013. Exported goods and services to Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, U.S. and Netherlands accounted for 7.8 percent, 7.2 percent, 7 percent, 6.9 percent, 5.8 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.Learn more about France