Which French Companies Are Global Multinationals?

The 32 largest French firms appearing in the Fortune Global 500 List for 2012 are listed below. These firms were ranked based on revenues. These companies can be considered as France’s multinational giants.

Country RankCompanyGlobal RankCityRevenues($ millions)
1Total11Courbevoie231,580
2AXA25Paris142,712
3BNP Paribas30Paris127,460
4GDF Suez33Courbevoie126,077
5Carrefour39Boulogne-Billancourt121,734
6Credit Agricole58Paris105,156
7Societe Generale67Paris98,464
8Electricite de France73Paris90,806
9Peugeot85Paris83,305
10Groupe BPCE103Paris75,082
11France Telecom141Paris62,956
12Groupe Auchan149Croix61,699
13Renault158Boulogne-Billancourt59,272
14Saint-Gobain161Courbevoie58,560
15CNP Assurances182Paris51,521
16Vinci183Rueil-Malmaison51,385
17Fonciere Euris200Paris48,748
18Sanofi201Paris48,747
19Veolia Environnement202Paris48,486
20Bouygues218Paris45,669
21SNCF219Paris45,587
22Vivendi257Paris40,063
23La Poste320Paris34,268
24Christian Dior322Paris34,244
25Air France-KLM Group324Roissy34,001
26Schneider Electric353Rueil-Malmaison31,128
27Michelin382Clermont-Ferrand28,809
28L'Oreal391Clichy28,286
29Alstom404Levallois-Perret27,417
30Danone411Paris26,861
31Lafarge480Paris22,970
32Sodexo495Issy-les-Moulineaux22,262

 

 

Source: Fortune Global 500, Fortune

Carrefour SA (CRRFY) is one of the world’s largest retailers. It is bigger than US giant Walmart(WMT) in Latin America. Lafarge (LFRGY) is one of the world’s largest cement makers. SNCF is the state-owned railway company. Saint-Gobain is a world leader in glass, and construction and high-performance materials.

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