Gastronomy is an integral part of the French identity; it boosts the economy and contributes to France’s worldwide reputation.
French gastronomy means:
- Nearly €61.8bn in turnover and 794,000 salaried employees working in the catering sector. It is the country’s fifth-largest source of jobs.
- More than €145bn in turnover and 475,000 employees in local food retailers.
- More than €1.7bn in turnover for the tableware sector.
- 5% of spending by foreign tourists.
France is the European Union’s top agricultural producer, and the third-largest producer worldwide.
 Source: DGCIS, 2013