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.

Discover Paris Region


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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Study and Research

Whether you are a student or a researcher, discover the manys assets of Paris Region the leading economic powerhouse in Europe.

Since the Sorbonne was founded in 1253, Paris Region has continued to remain a knowledge hub, with 17 universities, most of which are internationally recognised (Panthéon-Sorbonne, Panthéon-Assas, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Descartes, Pierre et- Marie-Curie, Dauphine, Nanterre, Paris-Sud, etc.), and prestigious highereducation establishments (École Polytechnique, Sciences-Po, Normale Sup, etc.).

With eight competitiveness clusters, Île-de-France stands as the leading scientific and technological hub in Europe, with almost 80 000 researchers, some of themost highly regarded research laboratories (CNRS, INRA, Institut Pasteur, INSERM, CEA, etc.), and research infrastructures recognised worldwide (Plateau de Saclay, Genopole d’Évry, etc.).

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World-Class Research : 11.800 life researchers, prestigious universities (the Shanghai Ranking's top two universities in Europe), 300 public and private research laboratories. Among them, the scientific cluster of the Paris-Saclay Campus Foundation was created by 18 research participants (two universities, seven research centers, nine major engineering and business schools) who decided to join forces withinto create Université Paris-Saclay.

A catalyst for innovation : Medicen Paris Region, a cluster for innovative therapies and advanced technologies in healthcare (220 members and 206 collaborative R&D project); Leading venture capital companies; incubators and bioparks.

Top research centers in oncology, infectiology, neurosciences.

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Events in Paris Region

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will see a new vision of Olympism in action, delivered in a unique spirit of international celebration in the birthplace of the modern Olympic Movement.

An inspirational stage

We will offer one of the world’s greatest cities as a memorable stage for the world’s greatest athletes, connecting the beauty, symbolism and global influence of the City of Light to the power of the Games.

Our plan is based on two core venue zones, reflecting two areas of the Paris 2024 vision :

  • The Paris Centre Zone, placing all the historical beauty and attractions of Paris at the service of the Games and the Olympic and Paralympic brands
  • The Paris-Saint Denis Zone, strategically aligned with the ‘Grand Paris’ concept, designed to help place the Games at the service of some of our youngest and most diverse communities

Athletes will enjoy optimal conditions, with 80% accommodated within 30 minutes of their competition venue. 95% of our venues will be existing or temporary facilities; 100% will have a legacy from Paris 2024. Our responsible and sustainable Games concept aims to minimise investment costs while optimising benefits for our communities.

Sport in the public domain

Our vision to place sport at the heart of society includes a focus on bringing sport into public spaces within the city. During the Games, Paris’ greatest sites will be transformed into stunning stages for sport, from Equestrian at the Chateau de Versailles to Beach Volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and Archery at the Esplanade des Invalides. A further example is the River Seine – a timeless actor in the life of Paris, which unites the heart of the city with the emerging Grand Paris. Athletes will live and compete in venues all along the river, which itself will become part of the city’s sporting life when it hosts Triathlon and Marathon Swimming.

The Seine will also be a focus of the popular celebration around the Games. A fan ‘river trail’ comprising live sites, sports demonstration zones and other athlete-led activation will help bring the spirit of Olympism right into the heart of our communities.

The Strength of a Dream

France is candidate to be the 2025 World Expo host country. Paris Region is at the heart of this candidacy.

France’s candidacy is driven by the will to stay true to the initial spirit of the great universal expos, to scrupulously respect the International Bureau of Expos’ (IBE) terms and specifications and to renew the concept to bring to it the modernity that comes from the evolution of uses and technologies. With one goal in mind: to offer the visitor an immersive, interactive and unrivaled experience.

The 2025 World Expo is organized around one central space “The Global Village”, of great “Theme-specific Forums” spread out over many sites and a catalogue of “Detours” throughout France.

By extensively revisiting the mobility we allow for the travelling times to be optimized offering the visitors the opportunity to continue their immersion thanks to new technologies. Time is no longer endured but rather lived as a moment of exchange and sharing.

The concept of “medals” which were given to deserving innovative products in the nineteenth century is today reintroduced as a system of quality seals that will bless the products and innovations that have tackled the ethical and sustainable stakes of this new century.

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