Business France honors

international investors and France’s regions

Business France organized, under the auspices of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, the Ministry for Regional Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities, and in partnership with the États de France, the second edition of the Choose France Awards, an annual day of debate on the country’s attractiveness, with a special focus on France’s regions.

This year, Business France has decided to honor five international investors who have chosen to set up in France and the French regions in which they are now based.

More than 50 foreign businesses from 21 different countries and located in 12 French regions entered the Choose France Awards 2020.

The winners were selected by a jury chaired by Pascal Cagni, Chairman of the Board, Business France, and Ambassador for International Investment, and made up of institutional representatives and prominent businesspeople.

In 2020, France’s regions, Business France partners and international business leaders have selected five winners for the following prizes:

· The “Ecological Transition” prize is awarded to Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company which, from 2019-2020, invested €50 million in its Chartres site (Centre-Val de Loire region), with the aim of using only green energy for production activities, with green electricity by the end of 2020 and gas by the end of 2022, and to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero by 2030.

· The “Competitiveness & Innovation” prize is awarded to Collins Aerospace, an American aerospace construction business, for its Hélices Center of Excellence in Figeac and Ratier-Figeac (Occitanie region). Ratier-Figeac designs, manufactures and services propellers for civil and military aircraft. Sixty percent of the equipment made in France is exported all over the world, to fit both civil and military transport aircraft.

· The “Cohesion & Solidarity” prize is awarded to the British IT firm SCC (Rigby Group) for its two sites: Recyclea in Domérat (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) and Altimance in Anzin (Hauts de France region), for hiring employees who have had difficulty finding work. SCC invested €340,000 and created 60 new jobs at its Domérat site, while at the Altimance site it has doubled its workforce, from 91 employees a year ago to 246 today.

. The “Special Jury” prize is awarded to the Swedish company Recipharm, whose Monts site (Centre-Val de Loire region) has produced the pharmaceutical form of the Moderna vaccine in just four months, compared with three years, which is the usual amount of time for a project of this scope.

· The “Special Covid-19” prize is awarded to German company Dräger for relocating one of its sites to Obernai (Grand Est region). Dräger has invested in an industrial production facility in France, to create FFP2/FFP3 respiratory protection masks to meet the health and industrial requirements of the French and international markets.

All of the entrants will be promoted on the Choose France networks, and the winners will be able to speak with Franck Riester, Minister Delegate reporting to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, as well as the members of the jury.


The Awards Selection Committee, made up of representatives from the different ministries, will ensure the quality of entries submitted.

The winners will be chosen by a high-profile jury bringing together institutional key players and qualified business people. 



  • Pascal Cagni, Ambassador for International Investments, Chairman of Business France (President of the Jury)
  • Denis Zervudacki, Founder, États de la France
  • Frédéric Sanchez, President of MEDEF International and Chairman of the Fives Group
  • Lila Merabet, Vice-President in charge of Competitiveness, Innovation and Digital, Grand Est region ; member of Economic Comission, Régions de France
  • Alain Bentéjac, President of France’s Foreign Trade Advisors (CCE) / Co-founder  of Artelia
  • Olivier Sichel, Director of Banque des Territoires and Deputy Managing Director of Caisse des Dépôts
  • Guillaume Kasbarian, Member of the French National Assembly for the Eure-et-Loir département
  • Marie Lebec, Member of the French National Assembly for the Yvelines département
  • Fabienne Arata, Managing Director of Linkedin France
  • Anne-Marie Idrac, President of France Logistique
  • Angeles Garcia-Poveda, Présidente du Conseil d’administration, Legrand
  • Magali Tezenas Du Montcel, General Representative, SPORSORA
  • Marc L’Hermitte, Partner at EY
  • Olivier Marchal, Chairman of Bain & Company
  • Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO of Accenture for Europe
  • Aiman ​​Ezzat, CEO of Capgemini Group



All entrants should read and agree to The Choose France Awards Terms ans Conditions.

Choose France Awards Terms & Conditions

Choose France Awards 2020

Terms and Conditions

Business France, the National Agency for the international development of the French economy, is a public industrial and commercial establishment whose head office is located at 77 Bd Saint-Jacques, 75998 PARIS Cedex 14 (SIRET 451 930 051 00052 – APE 8413 Z).


As part of its mission to promote France’s attractiveness, Business France is organizing the second edition of the Choose France Awards.


Foreign company: A legal entity governed by foreign law which has demonstrated its interest in France by opening a subsidiary in the country. 

Subsidiary: A legal entity, registered under the Trade and Companies Register, of which more than half of the capital is held by the parent company abroad and which is subject to French legal, social and tax rules. 

Foreign investor: A legal entity having placed capital from abroad in France leading to the creation of jobs and revenues for France.  

Entrant: A foreign company having submitted the entry file for the Choose France Awards. 

ARTICLE 1 – ORGANIZER The Choose France Awards 2020 are organized by Business France (hereinafter “the Organizer”) on December 10, 2020 alongside the Team France Invest launch meeting (hereinafter “TFI”). 

ARTICLE 2 – NATURE OF THE COMPETITION The Choose France 2020 Awards reward foreign investors who, through their commitments to France and its regions, contribute to the country’s international attractiveness and its economic influence.  By illustrating the effectiveness of the partnership between Business France and the key players in regional economic development through the promotion of concrete examples, the Awards promote the support of projects from foreign investors which meet the priorities of the “Relaunch France” Plan. 

ARTICLE 3 – PRIZE CATEGORIES 3.1 Subject to a sufficient number of entries, the Organizer will award three prizes to foreign companies investing in France in the following three categories: ·       Ecological transition·       Competitiveness & Innovation·       Cohesion & Solidarity 

A special prize may be awarded to an entrant who has excelled in all categories.

3.2 For the 2020 Awards, the company’s activity between the second semester 2019 and the second semester 2020 is taken into account.


4.1 The Awards provide two possibilities for companies to enter the competition, with the aim of enhancing the link between the investor and the region:

  • Entries from companies can be made by the regions via the Regional Development Agencies (urban areas and other sub-regions will also be able to support applications).
  • Or companies can enter themselves, explaining their choice of region.

4.2 To register and participate in the competition, the entrant (or the Regional Development Agency supporting the entrant) must submit the entry before Friday, November 27, 2020, 4.00 p.m. (French time).

4.3 To enter, companies must submit an entry form on the website:

4.4 An entrant may submit an entry in a single category. In addition, a Regional Development Agency can submit several entries from companies located in the same region.

4.5 Entrants choose to submit their entry in the category which seems most appropriate to them. However, the Organizer or the Jury may register an entrant in a category other than the one for which they have applied if they judge that the entry is better suited to another category.

4.6 Any incomplete entry or entry submitted after the deadline will be rejected. Any entry containing an anomaly, which appears incomplete, or which has not been sent on time or validated electronically by the entrant, will be considered null and void and will not be taken into consideration for the competition.



5.1 All entries submitted will be examined by a Selection Committee.

5.2 The Committee will examine, for each of the categories, the eligibility of all the entrants and the completeness of the entries submitted. If the members of the Committee deem it useful, they may make a pre-selection of the entries in order to identify the finalists who will be presented to the Jury for the final selection.



6.1 The members of the Jury are representatives from public and private sectors. The Jury is chaired by Pascal Cagni, Ambassador for International Investment and Chairman of Business France.

6.2 Each member of the Jury undertakes to judge independently and not to accept any favors of any kind. If a member of the Jury has, directly or indirectly, an interest or a personal or financial link with an entrant, they must notify the Organizer within a reasonable time so that the Organizer can find a replacement.

6.3 The deliberations of the Committee and the Jury are confidential, and the members will in no case have to justify their choices. The members of the Jury will not be able to participate in the vote for a category in which their company is either an entrant or directly or indirectly involved.

In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury has the authority to make the final decision.

6.4 The Organizer reserves the right to change/complete the composition of the Selection Committee and the Jury, ensuring, particularly for the Jury, that the public and private sectors are represented.


7.1 Companies may attach “pitch” videos to the entry file, the format of which will be specified by the Organizer.

7.2 Videos from all entrants, as well as their entry files, will be showcased on the Organizer’s network and that of its partners.

7.3 The winners will be rewarded with special prizes and will be recognized in the manner decided by the Organizer. Thus, the winners may use the name “Choose France Award Winner” (in accordance with the provisions of art. 9 of these Terms and Conditions); a special banner will be designed for the winning companies’ websites/LinkedIn pages. Subject to confirmation, a working breakfast may be organized with the ministers and/or regions and/or members of the Jury, and interviews may be organized with the winners by journalists from the national or regional press.

7.4 The right to use and reproduce the videos will belong to the Organizer, in accordance with art. 11 of these Terms and Conditions. Entrants may contribute to the sharing of videos on their personal and professional accounts, by making reference to the Organizer and respecting the full name of the Awards and the official hashtags provided by the Organizer.


8.1 The announcement of the winners will take place on December 10, 2020. The Organizer will decide on the format of the meeting according to the public health measures in place at the time and will inform the entrants, members of the Jury and guests.

8.2 In light of the Covid-19 crisis, the Organizer reserves the right to turn the Awards ceremony into an online event.


Only prize winners are authorized to use the name and logo of the Choose France Awards 2020 in the forms and conditions provided by the Organizer, on all institutional, commercial and promotional documentation concerning the winning company. This authorization is granted for a limited one-year period from the date of the Awards ceremony.


In accordance with the partnership agreement between Business France and DZA as part of the États de France (art. 5 of the Convention), DZA will be a partner of the Choose France Awards ceremony through the logo “Les États de France”. As such, DZA will call on the companies in its network to share good practices. During the États de France conference of November 25, 2020, Business France will be able to take the floor to present the Choose France Awards. Denis Zervudacki will be part of the Choose France Awards Selection Committee. In addition, Business France will consider the possibility of selecting partners from the États de France conference to be members of the Jury.

Business France reserves the right to associate other partners, particularly the media, with the Choose France Awards 2020.


The candidates and members of the Choose France Awards Jury agree to assign their image rights in the following terms to Business France.

Business France is authorized to reproduce and use entrants’ images for promotional videos and video pitches, on any commercial or communication medium, to reproduce them through any means of dissemination, known or unknown to date, and in particular communication by electronic means (internet site, Extranet, Intranet, etc., whatever the format (html, lmode, etc.) whatever the vector and the receiving device, as well as by making such images public regardless of the analog or digital process (including downloading, uploading, etc.) or the audiovisual or mobile or fixed telephone transmission mode used.

Business France is authorized to reproduce and use the image of the candidates and the members of the Jury for videos and photographs which will be taken on the day of the Awards ceremony, in person or of the recording of the Awards ceremony, if it takes place in digital format, on any commercial or communication medium, to reproduce it through any means of dissemination, known or unknown to date, and in particular electronic communication (website, Extranet, Intranet, etc., whatever the format (html, lmode, etc.) whatever the vector and the receiving device, as well as by making it available to the public whatever the analog or digital (and in particular downloading, uploading, etc.) or the audiovisual or mobile or fixed telephone transmission mode used.

Business France is authorized to use the rights referred to in this article for a period of two years from the first use. The initial authorization is the subject of a tacit renewal and can be canceled one month before the end of each two-year period on written request by letter with acknowledgment of receipt.

Business France is authorized to use the aforementioned rights for worldwide use.

The entrants and the members of the Jury acknowledge that this transfer of rights is granted free of charge and passes all responsibility to Business France.


The Organizer undertakes not to disclose before the Awards ceremony any information considered confidential by the entrant who has expressly indicated it as such in their entry file. Said information will only be brought to the attention of those in charge of organizing the competition (employees, experts and service providers of the Organizer, Jury) for the sole purpose of organizing the competition, selecting the winners and communication surrounding the competition. Personal information collected as part of participation in the competition is processed by the Organizer and is necessary to manage the participation of entrants in the competition. They will be integrated into the Organizer’s database. In accordance with the Data Protection Act of January 6, 1978 and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 repealing Directive 95/46/CE, applicable from 25 May 2018, entrants have the right to access, rectify, modify and delete all data concerning them by sending an e-mail to the following address: The personal information collected may be used by the Organizer and/or its partners for promotional purposes.


Registering for the competition implies unreserved acceptance of and compliance with the provisions of these regulations, accessible at any time during the competition on the website: and/or on request from the Organizer during the competition period.


14.1 The Organizer reserves the right, particularly in cases of force majeure, to shorten, extend, suspend, modify, or cancel the competition.

14.2 The companies authorize, in advance and without financial compensation, the Organizer to use their name, logo, the images and the names of their representatives as well as their entry for promotional and advertising purposes (in particular in events and in the Organizer’s paper and/or web publications) without this option being the source of any obligation towards the Organizer. They guarantee the latter against any recourse in this regard.

14.3 The Organizer cannot be held liable for a total or partial malfunction of the internet network which would impact on the electronic validation of entries.

14.4 The awards given will not lead to any financial compensation or remuneration for the winners.



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