France Infrastructure Report

Published 19 January 2015

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France Infrastructure Report

BMI View : We forecast a contraction of 0.8% in France's construction industry in 2015, making it eight years of consecutive negative growth. This outlook is on the back of poor macroeconomic performance, an anaemic project pipeline, and weak investor sentiment towards the market.

Key Trends And Developments

  • The outlook for France's residential sector is pretty bleak. We believe the housing market is not particularly attractive to investors, implying that investment flows will keep growth at a low level. This is in addition to a banking sector in bad shape, tightening borrowing conditions, and the declining purchasing power of French households.

  • Despite the weak performance in France's construction industry, we highlight potential for recovery in the transport infrastructure sector on the back of a series of project announcements. We highlight the roads and airport sub-sectors as the main beneficiaries of recent activity in the construction industry.

  • Of the three sub-sectors making up energy and utilities infrastructure industry value, power plants and transmission grids account for the overwhelming majority of energy and utilities infrastructure industry value. This is due to the investment in overhauling and expanding the country's power grid.

  • The French cabinet has approved the long-delayed energy bill that calls for a reduction in the share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix - from 75% to 50% by 2025. It also outlines plans to increase the share of renewable energy to 40% by 2030.

  • France's score in our regional Risk/Reward Index (RRI) has considerably deteriorated to 66.5 out of 100 (from 70.0 in previous quarters), losing several positions to land seventh-highest among 11 developed states (from previously second-highest). France's score is below the regional average of 66.6 which is unprecedented for this infrastructure market.

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Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Infrastructure SWOT
Industry Forecast
Construction And Infrastructure Forecast Scenario
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (France 2012-2017)
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (France 2018-2023)
Transport Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: Transport Infrastructure Industry Data (France 2012-2017)
Table: Transport Infrastructure Industry Data (France 2018-2023)
Transport Infrastructure Outlook And Overview
Major Projects Table - Transport
Table: Major Projects - Transport
Energy And Utilities Infrastructure - Outlook and Overview
Table: Energy And Utilities Infrastructure Data (France 2012-2017)
Table: Energy And Utilities Infrastructure Data (France 2018-2023)
Major Projects Table - Energy & Utilities
Table: Major Projects - Energy And Utilities
Residential/NonResidential Building - Outlook And Overview
Table: Residential and Non-Residential Building Industry Data (France 2012-2017)
Table: Residential and Non-Residential Building Industry Data (France 2018-2023)
Major Projects Table - Residential/Non-Residential Construction And Social Infrastructure
Table: Major Projects - Residential & Non-Residential Building
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
France - Industry Risk/Reward Ratings
North America and Western Europe - Infrastructure Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Ratings
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table: France - Company Financial Data
Company Profile
EDF Group
Bouygues Group
Global Industry Overview
Global Infrastructure Overview
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Rating Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Rating Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The France Infrastructure Report features BMI Research's market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's France Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the French infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for France to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the French infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the French infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in France.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into construction (social, commercial and residential), transport (roads, railways, ports, airports, etc), and energy & utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (up to 2012) and forecasts to end-2024 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key developments in the market and risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (USDbn); contribution to GDP (%); total capital investment (USDbn); real growth (%).

Construction industry real growth forecasts (%) and industry value (USDbn) forecasts for industry sectors are split into Residential and Non-residential and Infrastructure sectors. Where the data is available for particular countries the infrastructure is further broken down into indicators for the transport subsectors of roads, railways, airports and ports and the energy and utilities sub-sectors of power plants and transmission grids, oil & gas pipelines and water infrastructure. This dataset is unique to the market.

The reports also include analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sectors (transport, utilities, commercial construction).

BMI’s Infrastructure Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and  demographic data points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

An assessment of the competitive landscape and key challenges to entering the market. Details of the largest companies active in the sector across the sub-segments of the industry, including the key financial figures from some of the largest players in the sector.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Infrastructure reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

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