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FDI: Entry and ownership rule
On 7 May 2012, the French government issued Decree no. 2012-691 'relatif aux investissements étrangers soumis ŕ autorisation préalable', decreasing the scope of investments for which prior authorisation from the Ministry of Economy is required.
As a general rule, foreign investments on French territory are unrestricted. There are, however, exceptions that require prior government approval for investments that might affect the exercise of public authority, or that are likely to jeopardise public order, public safety or national defence interests. Under the new Decree, most indirect acquisitions in those 'sensitive' companies have been liberated from the requirement of prior authorisation.
In addition, casinos were struck from the list of 'sensitive' sectors. The measure entered into force on 9 May 2012.
In May 2014, the French government took measures increasing the number of sectors in which foreign investment is subject to state approval (see measure 6515).
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