Welcome to Paris Region !

Valérie Pécresse, President of the Paris Region and Former Minister, France

Enjoying a leading economic position in Europe with more than 500,000 firms, 29 Fortune Global 500 company headquarters, and 150,000 researchers, Paris Region, also called in France "Region Île-de-France" ranks among the most competitive regions for research and development, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

This exceptional R&D potential goes hand in hand with a remarkable higher education system, praised for its quality and opening. Seventeen universities among the most prestigious in the world, like the Sorbonne,along with more than 300 engineering, health, management, architecture, and art schools in Ile de France offer a internationally renowned education, providing each and everyone with the best adapted training curriculum. With one student out of four being trained in Paris Region, university life also benefits from a rich and effusive offer in terms of culture and entertainment.

Paris Region also stands on the highest step of the podium of the most visited destinations worldwide. Each year, 42 million tourists stay in the region to enjoy its exceptional concentration of cultural and architectural treasures, with four of them being listed as UNESCO World Heritage: the Banks of the Seine, the castle of Fontainebleau, the castle of Versailles, and the medieval city of Provins…

Paris Region relies on high-quality infrastructures, whether it be care facilities, educational institutions, or cultural equipments. Already among the vastest in the world, the public transport network shall be completed by 2030 with 205km of new subway lines – that is the size of the current network of the RATP – and 72 new stations.

Everything is done to welcome you, to allow you to fulfill your hopes, achieve your goals, and live well !

Valérie Pécresse. Graduated from both HEC and ENA, Valérie Pécresse was first a Judge (Maître des Requêtes) at the Conseil d’Etat, the highest administrative jurisdiction. She was appointed at the French Presidency in 1998 by Jacques Chirac as advisor for new technologies and the Internet. She was elected member of the National Assembly in June 2002, re-elected in 2007 and 2012. She was appointed Minister for Higher Education and Research by President Nicolas Sarkozy in May 2007. In 2011, she became Minister of Budget and Government spokesperson. From June 2012 to December 2015, she acted as Member of Parliament, member of the Finance Commission, leader of the opposition group at the Regional assembly of the Paris region. In November 2015, Valérie Pécresse resigned from the Conseil d’Etat to focus on the Paris Region. In December 13th 2015, she won the regional elections and was officially elected at the region’s presidency in December 18th. In January 19th, 2016, she resigned from her seat at the National Assembly, in accordance with her campaign promise to concentrate on her term of President exclusively.

Key figures


Surface area : 12,012 km2


12 million inhabitants
999 inhabitants per km2


646,000 students

Research and development

R&D jobs : 155,000
R&D expenditure : €18.7b


6.1 million jobs
(salaried and non-salaried)


944,000 companies
1,048,000 sites

Office space

52.6 million m2


Exhibition surface: 711,000 m2

Exports - Imports

Exports : €77b
Imports : €129b


GDP €642b
GDP per capita : €53,617

Air traffic

95.4 million passengers
3 international airports


19 million passengers
7 high-speed train station

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