Gastronomy – a key economic sector for France


Gastronomy is an integral part of the French identity; it boosts the economy and contributes to France’s worldwide reputation.

 French gastronomy[1] 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.

[1] Source: DGCIS, 2013

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