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				France

Summary

According to the Small Business Act (SBA) Fact Sheets, the SME sector in France was hit hard by the global recession in 2008/09 and subsequently experienced a brief period of recovery, which lost momentum in 2012. Employment in French SMEs grew less rapidly between 2008 and 2012 than that in large companies, while value added was more or less stable for both groups. French SMEs continue to benefit from good framework conditions for trade, an administration that is fairly responsive to the needs of the small businesses, comparatively fast transposition of EU law and good access to state aid and public procurement opportunities. Nevertheless, the country’s overall SME performance continues to be hampered by below-average results when it comes to exploiting the opportunities offered by new green markets and a somewhat lower intensity of entrepreneurial activity.

Key indicators on access to finance
SMAF
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France ranked 2nd out of 27 countries in the 2012 SMAF Index.

For details on SMAF index and methodology please click here.

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Loans
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Source: Chart compiled using ECB data

Note: Loan volumes and interest rate data for 2013 are to the period September 2013 only (due to data availability as at November 2013).

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Guarantees
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Source: Chart compiled using AECM data

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Venture capital
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Source: Chart compiled using EVCA data

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Business angels finance
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Source: Chart compiled using EBAN data (*comparable data for 2011 were not accessible)

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Appendix: ACTIONS SUPPORTING ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR SMEs pdf - 273 KB [273 KB]

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