A Journey in France – Quiz Top French Companies

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#1. That company, aka "The French Walmart", was founded in 1960 as a small residential store at a busy junction.

Carrefour has its headquarters in Paris and is one of the world’s largest retailers with an annual revenue of 87 Billions USD.

Note that “carrefour” means “crossroads/intersection” in French.

#2. Founded in 1924 as The Compagnie Française des Pétroles (CFP)

Total is one of the largest companies in France by revenue and among the seven Big Oil companies worldwide.The company had revenue of $184 billion at the of 2019 and has over 100,000 employees globally.

#3. This company is known around the world for the famous "Bibendum"!

Michelin is 2nd the largest tire manufacturer in the World. The Michelin’s mascot is known in French as “The Bibendum”

#4. The largest French company but also one of the world leading companies in insurance

AXA is is one of the world leading companies in insurance, investment management, and other financial services with an annual revenue of 126 Billion USD

#5. French luxury goods company founded in 1946 by a "haute couture" designer

The company founded by Christian Dior currently designs and retails leather goods, fashion accessories, footwear, jewelry, fragrance, makeup, and skincare products. Its 2019 annual revenue was 55 Billion USD.

#6. This family business was founded in 1810, as a steel foundry making hand tools and bicycles

Peugeot built the company’s first car steam tricycle in 1889. Successfully involved in motor sport for more than a century, Peugeot Sport won the World Rally Championship 5 times

#7. Électricité de France (EDF) is the world's largest producer of electricity. How much of this electricity is produced by nuclear plants in France (2019)?

In 2018, the United States (841.3 TWh), France (412.9 TWh) and China (295 TWh) are the three main nuclear-powered countries.

#8. This concession and construction company was founded in 1899 as Société Générale d'Enterprises

Here some of Vinci’s projects:

  • Tour Montparnasse (1972)
  • Centre Pompidou (1977)
  • Pont de Normandie (1995)
  • Atlantic Bridge, Panama (2018)(featured picture)

#9. Formerly France Télécom, this company is the 4th largest mobile network operator in Europe

In August 2000, France Télécom bought Orange Personal Communications Services (formerly Microtel) from Vodafone.

#10. This company is member of the Top 10 world’s largest banks

BNP Paribas was formed through the merger of Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) and Paribas in 2000




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