It may have a ‘work to live’ attitude, but this hasn’t stopped France from becoming the 6th largest economy in the world, while Paris is one of Europe’s largest urban economies. The country was ranked 31st out of 190 countries in The World Bank’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business Survey, scoring particularly well for trading across borders and enforcing contracts, but poorly for registering property and getting credit.
The government is heavily involved in business and there are many regulatory processes. Despite this, starting a business in France is relatively straightforward and a good legal framework protects investors. The country has a fairly high unemployment rate of around 9%, but the workforce is highly skilled and the services sector is very dynamic.