Biggest French Companies

Biggest-French-Companies64 of the biggest French companies are included in Forbes’ Global 2000 listing of the biggest publicly traded companies.  Altogether, these major listed French businesses are responsible for $2.86 trillion in earnings, $73 billion in profits, $11.7  trillion in assets, and $1.37 trillion in market value.

Every year, Forbes publicizes the Global 2000 biggest and most successful publicly traded companies in the world. They assemble their Global 2000 listing by examining and assessing Interactive Data, Thomson Reuters Fundamentals, and Worldscope databases via FactSet Research Systems for publicly traded companies. We are using the same databases as the most important sources of data, and there are four metrics that are decisive in our evaluation: sales, profits, assets and market value.

We publish our listing of 25 Biggest French Companies based on Forbes’ “big” listing but we focus only on French companies. Our 2013 list of the biggest French companies will be published by the end of April, 2014.

1. BNP Paribas, Industry: Major BanksFounded: 1848

  • Sales: $126.2 B
  • Profit: $8.6 B
  • Market Value: $71.3 B
  • Asset: $2,504.2 B


2. Total, Industry: Oil & Gas OperationsFounded: 1924

  • Sales: $240.5 B
  • Profit: $14.1 B
  • Market Value: $115.5 B
  • Asset: $224.1 B

3. AXA Group, Industry: Diversified InsuranceFounded: 1852

  • Sales: $147.5 B
  • Profit: $5.3 B
  • Market Value: $45.3 B
  • Asset: $1,005.4 B

4. Sanofi, Industry: PharmaceuticalsFounded: 1994

  • Sales: $46.1 B
  • Profit: $6.6 B
  • Market Value: $131.6 B
  • Asset: $132.4 B

5. EDF, Industry: Electric UtilitiesFounded: 1946

  • Sales: $95.9 B
  • Profit: $4.4 B
  • Market Value: $35.3 B
  • Asset: $325.2 B

6. GDF Suez, Industry: Electric UtilitiesFounded: 1946

  • Sales: $128 B
  • Profit: $2 B
  • Market Value: $45 B
  • Asset: $268.9 B

7. Société Générale, Industry: Major BanksFounded: 1864

  • Sales: $107.8 B
  • Profit: $1 B
  • Market Value: $29.5 B
  • Asset: $1,648.9 B


8. Vinci, Industry: Construction ServicesFounded: 1910

  • Sales: $51.7 B
  • Profit: $2.5 B
  • Market Value: $25.4 B
  • Asset: $80.9 B


9. France Telecom became Orange on juli 1st 2013, Industry: Telecommunications servicesFounded: 1991

  • Sales: $57.4 B
  • Profit: $1.5 B
  • Market Value: $29.2 B
  • Asset: $113.9 B


10. Renault, Industry: Auto & Truck ManufacturersFounded: 1898

  • Sales: $54.4 B
  • Profit: $2.3 B
  • Market Value: $20.3 B
  • Asset: $98.9 B


11. L’Oréal Group, Industry: Household/Personal CareFounded: 1907

  • Sales: $28.9 B
  • Profit: $3.7 B
  • Market Value: $94.8 B
  • Asset: $39 B


12. Christian Dior, Industry: Apparel/AccessoriesFounded: 1946

  • Sales: $38.6 B
  • Profit: $1.8 B
  • Market Value: $32 B
  • Asset: $69.9 B


13. Schneider Electric, Industry: Electrical EquipmentFounded: 1846

  • Sales: $31.6 B
  • Profit: $2.4 B
  • Market Value: $42.2 B
  • Asset: $45.4 B


14. Carrefour, Industry: Food RetailFounded: 1959

  • Sales: $101.3 B
  • Profit: $1.6 B
  • Market Value: $19.8 B
  • Asset: $59.4 B


15. Danone, Industry: Food ProcessingFounded: 1988

  • Sales: $27.5 B
  • Profit: $2.2 B
  • Market Value: $43.3 B
  • Asset: $38 B


16. Natixis, Industry: Major BanksFounded: 1919

  • Sales: $19.2 B
  • Profit: $2.2 B
  • Market Value: $13.2 B
  • Asset: $658 B


17. Saint-Gobain, Industry: Construction MaterialsFounded: 1970

  • Sales: $57 B
  • Profit: $1 B
  • Market Value: $21.6 B
  • Asset: $61 B


18. Air Liquide, Industry: Specialized ChemicalsFounded: 1902

  • Sales: $20.2 B
  • Profit: $2.1 B
  • Market Value: $39.3 B
  • Asset: $32.5 B


19. CNP Assurances, Industry: Diversified InsuranceFounded: 1959

  • Sales: $53.2 B
  • Profit: $1.2 B
  • Market Value: $9.9 B
  • Asset: $466.1 B


20. Michelin Group, Industry: Auto & Truck PartsFounded: 1863

  • Sales: $28.3 B
  • Profit: $2.1 B
  • Market Value: $16.2 B
  • Asset: $26.4 B


21. Safran, Industry: Aerospace & DefenseFounded: 1924

  • Sales: $18 B
  • Profit: $1.7 B
  • Market Value: $19.6 B
  • Asset: $30 B


22. Kering, Industry: Apparel/AccessoriesFounded: 1963

  • Sales: $12.8 B
  • Profit: $1.4 B
  • Market Value: $29.4 B
  • Asset: $32.5 B


23. Alstom, Industry: ConglomeratesFounded: 1928

  • Sales: $26.6 B
  • Profit: $1 B
  • Market Value: $14 B
  • Asset: $39.4 B


24. Pernod Ricard, Industry: BeveragesFounded: 1974

  • Sales: $10.4 B
  • Profit: $1.5 B
  • Market Value: $34.5 B
  • Asset: $33.5 B


25. Lafarge, Industry: Construction MaterialsFounded: 1884

  • Sales: $20.9 B
  • Profit: $0.6 B
  • Market Value: $20.3 B
  • Asset: $50.5 B

Author: Jules Quaid

Jules is a researcher at Best Dutch Brands. Contact Jules if you have questions about Best Dutch Brands.

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