France’s online market has grown very rapidly in recent years. In 2010, e-commerce alone accounted for €31 billion of the €36.2 billion made in remote sales.
In the first half of 2011, turnover for all e-commerce websites combined reached €17.5 billion, up 20% year-on-year from 2010.
France is a top-tier market for foreign companies. An excellent example is the warehouse and distribution logistics center built in 2010 in Montélimar (Rhône-Alpes region) by American company Amazon, which has created almost 500 jobs and is the second Amazon facility to be built in France after its Saran facility just outside Orléans (Centre region, 200 jobs).
The Retail and Marketing (Industries du commerce) innovation cluster in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and other innovation clusters like Cap Digital Paris Region or TES (E-Secure Transactions) in Caen are helping to expand innovation in the e-commerce sector.
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