France Trade, Exports and Imports Essay

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France Trade, Exports and Imports
In 2009, France’s export volumes amounted to $456.8 billion and the country ranked 6th in the world. However, the figures were much higher in 2008 at $601.9 billion.
France’s main export commodities are:
• Machinery
• Transportation equipment
• Aircraft
• Plastics
• Chemicals
• Pharmaceutical products
• Iron and steel
• Beverages
France’s main export partners are:
• Italy
• Spain
• UK
• Belgium
• US
• The Netherlands

Besides French trade, tourism is a big contributor to the national GDP. In fact, France rules the tourism industry with over 82 million tourists visiting the country for its rich heritage and culture.
Agriculture is another strong point for France, with almost
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