Who’s Next / Première Classe sees an increase in visitors

Vimla Hunt - 07-sept.-2015 17:31:23
The Whos Next/Première Classe trade fair(s) at Paris Porte de Versailles took place this weekend but it isnt over yet. Monday marks the last day for this major trade show. A small round-up so far. According to the organisers, the number of visitors over the first two days, Friday and Saturday, was up 17%.   Compared to July 2014, the numbers were down, but, with everything that has been happening in the financial world, things are not as glum as they seem. According to WSN, the numbers are at where they were in September 2011. And the return to September, after a few seasons in July, has not affected the foreign contingency. For the number of exhibitors, there was a significant offering for the European continent, of Belgians, Swiss and Germans.   Regarding the change of date, some of the exhibitors have said that it has thrown them off. They regret the stability of the what they have been used to. "We have spent a lot of time with the French retailers so that they start in July," says Steeve Fraehring, at Sarah Pacini, "most of our orders come in in July."

Who’s Next-Première Classe: details for September show

Vimla Hunt - 10-avr.-2015 13:44:01
Two significant changes will affect the Parisian fashion and accessories trade show this fall. First, and most obviously, there will be the change in dates. Instead of in July, Whos Next-Première Classe will be held from September 4-7. The second change concerns the distribution of areas among the available halls at Porte de Versailles. "Available", since the Parisian Exhibition Center is undergoing major renovations that began this month, meaning that certain halls, including hall 7, which is usually occupied by the fashion show, will remain closed. Finally, for some visitors and exhibitors, it will actually be a kind of déjà vu with the more cutting-edge fashion area Fame and the accessories area Première Classe both in hall 1. Before acquiring Prêt-à-Porter Paris in 2011, this is where WSN organized these two flagship areas - in general, quite successfully. It remains to be seen if the organizer will be able to successfully put together several areas in halls 2.2 and 3, which share a different location (see map). Private will be located in hall 2.2, while Studio, Urban and Trendy will be in hall 3. Finally, From, which includes sourcing exhibitors, will be located in 2.1, now with a greater degree of independence. To facilitate the arrival of visitors, there will be two receptions, one between hall 2 and hall 3, and the other in hall 1 between Fame and Première Classe. Obviously, WSN is working to provide a more dynamic customer experience so as not to lose and bore certain visitors! As for exhibitors, how to fill the halls? WSN insists that the majority of exhibitors and visitors who were interviewed were in favor of the new dates. Neither Sophie Guyot for Fame, Sylvie Pourrat for Première Classe nor Camille Descollonges for Trendy, Urban and Private seem worried despite, in the case of certain areas, the fact that the shows’ second session will follow soon after. "If you look closely, its not much different than in January and the last edition was encouraging," said Boris Provost, director of brand strategy and international development. Among WSN’s list of participating exhibitors at Première Classe: Atelier Voisin, Tatoosh, Mellow Yellow, Buffalo, Faguo, United Nude, Nart & Nin, Serafini, etc. At Fame, meanwhile, there will be American Vintage, Bella Jones, Gat Rimon, Street White, Orla Kiely, Essential, etc. As for the other areas, one will be able to count on the participation of Derhy, Lauren Vidal, Coffee Break, Tricot Chic, The little French, Sarah Pacini, etc. The lists that have been released indicate dozens of exhibitors registered for each area. In any case, the surface area for each sector should be equal to that at the January edition. Consider, for example, the nearly 100,000 ft² set aside for Première Classe and more than 43,000 ft² for Fame. The other ready-to-wear areas will total around 140,000 ft². The goal is to keep the number of exhibitors steady! Teams are hard at work.

FIGURE OF THE WEEK. France: Market for organic products reached 4.5 billion euros in 2013

Myriam Kajji - 07-avr.-2015 10:41:40
In 2013, the French organic market continued to grow. The French organic market has doubled in 5 years (4.17 billion euros in 2012 : +6.6 % compared with 2011; +101 % compared with 2007), continuing the positive development in 2013. During the first half of the year 2013, growth is estimated to have been between 5% for organic products in supermarkets (representing 47% of the French organic market) and +7 % in specialized stores (representing 36%). Taking into account direct sales, Agence Bio expects that market growth in 2013 has been at least equivalent to the level of 2012. This constitutes a substantial  performance over  the overall French food market that grew between 0% and 2% in the same period.  With an increase of 12% since the beginning of 2013, organic products made in France are increasingly well represented in stores. Almost all organic products in the livestock and wine sectors are of French origin. Overall, 75% of the organic products consumed in France are now from France. The share of imports (including intra -EU trade) decreased from 38% in 2009 to 25% in 2012. The decline continued in 2013. At the same time, the French organic products are gaining international ground: and exports have increased by 62% between 2011 and 2012, from €192 million to €309 million at the wholesale stage. Source :

4 key figures about French production of farm machinery

KOVALICEK Laura - 10-juin-2014 12:04:14
In 2012, European production turnover of agricultural equipment goes over 40Bn EUR. With 4,6Bn EUR, France represents 15% of the world production, just after Germany and Italy. 1.49 Bn EUR - Production of agricultural tractors in France, according to Axema It is the most important French production in value: it represents 17.5% of European production. Currently, France counts two tractors’ producers: CLAAS based in Le Mans (Sarthe, 72) which celebrates this year the production of its 100 000 th tractor and MASSEY-FERGUSON, based in Beauvais (Oise, 60). In 2015, KUBOTA will start producing in France: it will be based in Bierne (Nord, 59). It is also important to note that France is the 1 st European market for agricultural tractors, the 5 th European exporter (8%) and the 2 nd European importer (13%) of tractors. 31, 5 % - Percentage of European soil preparation tools which are produced in France (most important French contribution in European production) In 2012, 152 189 soil preparation tools were produced in France. France is the 5 th European exporter in this sector (73M EUR)and the 2 nd importer (120M EUR). European production of soil preparation tools has reached 1,2Bn EUR in 2012 (+11% compared to 2011). Carts have known the most important increase: +18.8%. 15.000 – Size of French industry of agricultural equipment It is twice time less than the 1 st European constructor of farm machineries which is Germany with 32 000 employees. The 2 nd European constructor is Italy with 24 000 employees and 2000 companies. The European sector of agricultural equipment counts more than 29 000 companies: 7 000 industrial structures and 22 000 trading companies which employ 280 000 persons. - 1.589.439.000 EUR - French trade balance in 2013 for agricultural equipment. Source :

The success of France in biotechnologies

Marine Vicenzotti - 03-avr.-2014 12:59:26
Even though biotechnologies may be a recent sector of business activity, France has succeeded in developing real know-how that is gaining international recognition.   When it comes to biotechnologies, the French are cutting edge. According to Leeme, the federation of French medical companies, today France numbers 388 biotechs in the health field in France. Biotech France, another French association for biotech companies, indicates that a third of these companies have been in existence for over 10 years. Yet the number of creations in this field is exponential. To get an idea, 50 companies were started in 2012. Unheard of! Proof that there is a real entrepreneurial effervescence when it comes to this research in France. Young start-ups for the most part, French biotechs are mainly Small Medium sized companies. Only 4% of them have over 100 employees. On average, they employ 22 people. As to the type of activity, most of the French companies specialized in human sciences with therapeutic products are concentrated on cancer treatments. “The French have developed a full-fledged know-how on cardio-vascular devices, infectious diseases, dermatology, blood diseases and for surgery,” explains Yves Germani, Ubifrance’s manager for the health sector in North America.   French enterprises don’t just do research; they discover! Altogether, the French biotech industry generated 261 Million Euros in turnover in 2011, compared with 186 Million in 2010. As for companies on the stock market, they generate 369 Million Euros in turnover. Concerning the pipeline, the expression used to indicate the number of molecules being developed, France is 4rth, behind the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. Quite a solid ranking, but which should nevertheless be improved. When their results are examined in detail, we see that depending on the stage of development, French companies create more products in the pre-clinic phase, in other words, all those that have been carried out before the clinical trial with patients, which is completely logical. Between the start of development on a new medicine, a molecule and its release on the market can sometimes take up to 10 years. Unfortunately, the consequence of this is that a number of products fall by the wayside. To be noted, however, is one undeniable fact: since 2008, French companies have sold more and more products. To put it another way, as Yves Germani points out, French companies don’t just do research; they discover!”   An increase of 63% in investment Even more impressive than all the rest, French biotech companies tend to have smaller R&D budgets than their European and international competitors. Fortunately, the culture of venture capital is developing very quickly in this sector. To give the general picture, the funds raised by French biotechs have increased by 63,1% from 2009 to 2012, reaching 178 Million Euros. Since the year 2000, they have managed to raise 2.920 Billion Euros. Today, French companies are naturally turning towards international opportunities to find new partners and new financial leverage. The proof is that such Small Medium companies as Affilogic, MedinCell, Interactive Biosoftware, Imabiotech or even O4CP all have one thing in common: they all are reaching out with confidence to mature markets like the United States, Canada and Western Europe.   Photo: Yves GERMANI, Ubifrance New York, biotechnologies expert

Pixium Vision raises €15 million led by Sofinnova Partners

Gaëlle Leterrier - 02-déc.-2013 15:50:18
  Pixium Vision (“Pixium”), a developer of innovative retinal implant system that aims at restoring vision, has closed a €15 million Series A extension financing. This round was led by Sofinnova Partners, which becomes the largest investor, with strong support from Bpifrance, through the InnoBio fund, and existing series A investors Omnes Capital and Abingworth LLP. In conjunction with the financing, Antoine Papiernik at Sofinnova Partners and Chahra Louafi at Bpifrance have joined the Pixium Board of Directors. Pixium was co-founded by Dr Bernard Gilly and Prof. José-Alain Sahel in November 2011 and built upon a close relationship with the Vision Institute at the National Eye Hospital in Paris. With Pixium, Dr Gilly and Prof. Sahel team up one more time with Sofinnova Partners, after the success of Fovea Pharmaceuticals, a company focusing on ocular diseases they created in 2005 and successfully sold to Sanofi in 2009. The funds raised will be used to advance the development of Pixium’s IRIS retinal implant systems for patients who have lost their sight through degenerative conditions of the eye, such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration, with the intention of improving their vision. – 25/11/2013


Florian Deshayes - 20-juin-2013 08:03:53
Today, UBIFRANCE Ireland invites you to discover another region of France. For this second Regional focus , we will discover Alsace, known for its verdant landscapes, its history, its gastronomy and its white wines and craft beers. OVERVIEW: Alsace has 1.8 million inhabitants and the food industry is the second industry in the region with 418 companies employing more than 22 000 people. Alsace is the first producing region for hops (95% of the French production). Alsatians are definitely oriented towards gastronomy as in 2012, there were 4 400 restaurants and 26 Michelin starred restaurants. CULINARY SPECIALITIES: Alsace is one of the most gourmet regions in France. There are many Alsatian specialties such as drinks, fine foods, fruit, vegetables and cheeses. You would quickly fall under the charm of Alsatian cuisine with its succulent specialties served in a friendly atmosphere. These treats include: Drinks: - Beer: In 1260, the first brewery was created in Alsace. Today, Alsace continues to be the leading French region in terms of beer production producing 60.8% of the national output thanks to its wide hops production. - Wine: Since the 13 th century, Alsace wines have been acknowledged as some of the most prestigious in Europe and the most famous are made of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sylvaner, still or sparkling (Crémant d’Alsace). A less famous type is the Neïjer sïasser, a new wine made of grapes full of sugar and just slightly fermented). In 2011, 25% of total production was exported. The exportation volumes of Crémant d’Alsace were as low as 40.000 hl in 1969 and reached 214.000 hl or 28.5 million bottles in 2011. In 2011, Ireland imported €401,000 of AOC wine from Alsace (691 hl). The “Crémant d’Alsace” despite high taxes meets a great success in Ireland. In 2011, €148.000 or 327 hl was exported to Ireland (+98% in volume and +38% in value between 2011 and 2010). Fine Foods/Bakery: -  “Brioche tressée d’Alsace” is a large plaited roll with a golden brown pastry crust. -  “Flammekuche” is a rectangular shaped piece of bread dough, topped with fresh cream, thinly sliced raw onions, and bacon or small stripes of bacon.  -  " Bretzels (Pretzels)”are traditional Alsatian baked products. These crunchy biscuits, made from dough poached in water are very popular. -  “Le Kugelhopf“ half cake, half bread, is a yeast-risen delight. Kugelhopf is considered as a coffee cake to be eaten with breakfast or in the afternoon.  Fruit & Vegetables:  -   “Choucroute Alsacienne” is an Alsatian sour cabbage. Today, Alsace produces 70% of all French Choucroute. -  “Asparagus” is the first vegetable in this region with the most succulent fat white spears coming in the springtime. A lsace is one of the few regions in France where it grows. -  “Quetsche” is a variety of elongated, purplish blue-skinned plum, of medium size and firmer than the others but just as sweet and fragrant. Cheese : -  “Munster” is the most typical cheese of Alsace and is one of the three oldest cheeses of France. It is made on both sides of the Vosges Mountains. Its fame mostly comes from its pungent smell. -  “Bargkass” is a cheese made in the Vosges and has an unusual and subtle taste of blueberries. Alsace is a region of many wonders and if you would like more information about Alsatian specialties, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to help you sourcing Alsatian products such as wines, craft beers or gourmet foods. For further information about the region, please click on this link:
About Us
Business France, the French Trade Commission in Dublin, is the trade section of the French Embassy in Ireland. Our bicultural team comprises 7 motivated professionals, dedicated to the promotion of the trade between Ireland and France, helping the Irish trade to source products from France and French exporters to find Irish partners. Our office is organised in business sectors: -     Agribusiness , -     Fashion, Housing, Healthcare , -     Infrastructure, Transport, Industry, -     ICT, Innovation, Services, Please click here to view our organigram. We organise Trade Events on a yearly planning, for which you may participate and register your interest. Furthermore, we are in a position to help you source products from France on an individual basis. If you are looking for French suppliers, please contact us or visit the French Exporters Directory ( )   Busine


Press area & Media Gallery
List of Countries