India and China have been neighbours who have enriched Asia with their cultural influence for aeons and are now steadfast shining beacons of economic growth. 

The history of relations between India and China dates back to 2nd century BC and has translated into bilateral relations valued at over $ 85 billion in the 21st century. Today, the two Asian giants represent Asia’s two largest and most dynamic economies which are forming the face of the new world.

    • India and France have regular bilateral visits at the highest level. In 2017, the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to France reiterated the commitment to bolster the India-France strategic partnership. In 2018, the French President’s visit to India saw the signing of many agreements to further strengthen this partnership.

    • France and India also work closely on issues related to the environment and climate change. The International Solar Alliance was co-launched by France and India in November 2015 and has since paved the way for equability and a just energy order in the international arena.

    • France is the 10th largest investor in India, with cumulative FDI inflows of $ 6.6 bn since April 2000. The sectors attracting the most FDI from France are cement and gypsum products, drugs & pharmaceuticals, industrial machinery and automobiles. In 2017-18, imports from France were valued at $ 6.5 bn, and exports at $ 4.9 bn.

    • In 2017, bilateral trade between the two countries touched $ 10 bn for the first time. There are more than 1,000 French companies in India, that have a total turnover of $ 20 bn and employ 300,000 people. This is a testament to the strength of the Indo - French association.

    • India is proud to host 25 French R&D centres in the country. With around 15 joint French-Indian research laboratories and almost 500 collaborative projects, France is India’s 5th largest scientific partner.

    • There are 120 Indian companies in France, that have an estimated investment stock of $ 1.1 bn and employ 7,000 people.

    • France is partnering with India to develop Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur as smart cities. It has already committed over $ 2.2 bn for India’s ‘Smart Cities’ project.

    • India and France organise reciprocal festivals that aim to promote the countries’ cultures. India organised the Namaste France Festival in 2016, which brought to French audiences various manifestations of Indian culture and art. The French side presented the French cultural festival, Bonjour India from November 2017 to February 2018 in India.

    • In 2018, close to 7,500 Indian students chose France as the destination to pursue higher education. The Indian Government has offered French Nationals 5 scholarships to study Sanskrit in India.

    • France hosts more than 700,000 Indian tourists every year, making it the most popular European tourist destination for Indians.

Prominent Investments

France in India


ENGIE is a French multinational electric utility company with a business presence in 70 countries. It employs more than 150,000 people. ENGIE is one ...Read more


Groupe PSA is Europe’s 2nd largest vehicle manufacturer, employing over 200,000 people worldwide as of 2018. As a part of its ‘Push to Pass’ strategy ...Read more


Roquette is a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins. It operates across 20 industrial sites, and has been ...Read more


Established in 1899, Groupe Renault is a French multinational automobile manufacturer that produces a wide range of cars and vans. In September 2008 ...Read more

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the leading provider of electrical components and equipment. In India, the company operates through 28 factories, 48 sales ...Read more

India in France

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Mahindra & Mahindra is an Indian diversified conglomerate of companies, with revenue exceeding $ 17.9 bn and employing about 500 employees in ...Read more

Tata Group

Tata Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate holding, that has been present in Europe since 1907. It employs over 1,500 people in France. Tata ...Read more

Sintex Industries

Sintex Industries is the world’s largest producer of plastic water tanks, as well as Asia’s largest manufacturer of corduroy. They have a presence ...Read more

Motherson Sumi Systems

Motherson Sumi Systems is a leading automotive mirror and wiring harness manufacturer for passenger cars. It also supplies plastic components and ...Read more

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Recent Investments

Citroen to make India debut next year

French auto major Citroen is planning its debut in India next year by opening stores in 10 cities. These stores will be equipped with technologies allowing the users to experience the accessories before buying the car.

Alstom India manufactured coaches to be used in Sydney Metro

Alstom India, subsidiary of French Alstom SA, under the Make in India initiative has assembled 22 train coaches to be used in Sydney Metro Line.

Saint Gobain announces investments at its Chennai Plant

The French glassmaker announced investment of over $ 168 mn in their plant in Chennai to build new manufacturing lines of third-glass float, magnetron floater, glass solutions and a rainwater harvesting facility.

France Team

The France Team at Invest India aims to facilitate and assist French companies in their India entry and expansion plans. Working closely with various stakeholders including states and regulatory authorities, we bring to you a seamless experience in kick-starting your business in India.

Key Functions:

  • End-to-end spectrum of investment promotion – research, outreach, promotion, facilitation and aftercare
  • Initiating, attracting, facilitating, fast-tracking and handholding French investments across sectors
  • Providing information on investment opportunities across sectors, in specific projects and in industrial corridors in particular
  • Extending holistic support to the small and medium enterprises from France with India interest

Team Advantages

  • Opportunity assessment

  • Policy and incentive advisory

  • Location assessment

  • Market entry strategy

  • JV and strategic partner research

  • Approvals and compliance advisory

  • Issue redressal support

  • Expansion advisory

  • Policy impact analysis

  • Automobile

    • 4th 

      largest car manufacturer

    • 5th

      largest automobile producing nation

    • $ 100 bn

      Current value of Indian Automobile Industry

      • Largest two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer
      • 2nd largest bus manufacturer 
      • 3rd largest heavy trucks manufacturer  
      • Employs 32 mn people both directly and indirectly
    Visit Sector 2Investible Projects
  • Chemicals

    • 3rd

      largest consumer of polymers in the world

    • $ 304 bn

      Value of Indian chemical industry by 2025

    • 6th

      largest producer of chemicals in the world

      • 3rd largest producer of chemicals in Asia, with an estimated industry size of $ 139 bn
      • 4th largest producer of agrochemicals in the world
      • Supplies 16% of the global dyestuff and dye intermediates
      • Specialty chemicals market to reach $ 70 bn by 2020
      • Petrochemicals market expected to grow at CAGR of 10% to reach $ 100 bn by 2022
    Visit Sector 28Investible Projects
  • Food Processing

    • 2nd

      largest producer of fish

    • 2nd 

      largest producer of horticulture crops

    • $ 828 bn

      Expected value of Indian food and retail market by 2020

      • Largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices
      • Largest producer of milk
      • 299 cold chain projects have been approved, of which 135 are operational
      • Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, a government scheme, was formulated for creating a modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet
      • 42 upcoming Mega Food Parks under Mega Food Park Scheme
    Visit Sector 38Investible Projects
  • Renewable Energy

    • 70+ GW

      installed capacity of renewable energy 

    • 4th

      highest installed wind capacity 

      • 5th largest in renewable energy capacity globally
      • 5th largest for installed solar capacity
      • Largest renewable energy capacity expansion programme in the world
      • 100% FDI is allowed in all renewable sources of power
    Visit Sector 8Investible Projects
  • Tourism & Hospitality

    • 3rd

      Ranking in 2018 World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Power and Performance Report 

    • 5th

      Rank on Medical Tourism Index

    • 2nd

      largest exporter of Ayurvedic and alternative medicine in the world

      • Travel and tourism industry contributed 9.4% to India's GDP generating $ 234 bn in 2017
      • Medical tourism market to reach $ 9 bn by 2020
      • Ranked 40th in Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) in 2017 as compared to 52nd position in 2015
    Visit Sector 296Investible Projects
  • Pharmaceuticals

    • 3rd

      Largest market in terms of volume

    • 13th

      Largest market in terms of value

    • 2nd

      Highest USFDA approved manufacturing plants outside the US

      • Exports 20% of global generic medicines, making it the largest provider globally
      • Over 55 % pharmaceuticals exports are to highly regulated markets
      • Leader in global supply of DPT, BCG and Measles Vaccine
    Visit Sector 18Investible Projects
  • Retail & E-commerce

    • 1st

      Rank in Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) in 2017

    • 3rd

      Largest consumer economy by 2025

    • 5th

      Largest preferred retail destination globally

      • Asia’s 3rd largest retail market and 4th largest globally
      • Consumption expenditure to reach $ 6 tn by 2030
      • E - commerce market expected to reach $ 200 bn by 2027
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  • Aerospace & Defence

    • 2nd

      Largest armed force in the world

    • 5th

      Largest defence budget in the world

    • 6%

      Budget allocated to R&D

      • Contributes 3.3% to global military expenditure
      • Exports worth $ 668 mn to 18 countries in 2017
      • 60% of requirements met through imports 
    Visit Sector 5Investible Projects


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