x million


Internet penetration


Economic growth


Spending power

per year


Online Marketing in France

The attractiveness of the French market is undeniable: with both the second highest population and GDP within the European Union and a remarkably high Internet penetration, France is a great destination for online-marketing specialists looking to expand. Unlike other European online markets, in France there are still plenty of opportunities for new development and costs per click are still lower than in the United Kingdom or Germany. But do not be fooled: Despite the geographic proximity, the French market is nevertheless a complex and multifaceted one. It is absolutely essential to look beyond the commonly known stereotypes of the croissant-eating Frenchmen in order to succeed in the long term.



Online Shopping
prefer buying in their home country


Online spendings
per year


of Doing Business


Facebook penetration


Mobile penetration
under 25 years old

Online Payments

Credit and Debit cards are commonly used as an online payment method, as well as Paypal and the local ‘Cartes Bancaires’, that are very popular and function as credit and debit card at the same time.

Most popular payment methods in France:
1. Debit/Credit card (52%)
2. Paypal (35%)
3. Invoice (4%)
4. Direct Debit (4%)

Cultural differences

Excusez-moi, s’il vous plait, de vous deranger, mais je ne parle pas bien francais’

French (business) culture is said to be rather formal and traditional, with authoritative hierarchical structures and a strict etiquette that should be taken into account. Respect for the language is equally important as a strong focus on individuality and information exchange.

Online behaviour

French online shoppers are patriots! 46% percent report to have never bought products from abroad online, simply because of a lack of trust in foreign online shops. Instead of focussing on the foreign origin, businesses from abroad can motivate French customers to ‘cross (virtual) borders’ by offering bargain deals (the French love a good bargain) or a wider range of products than their competitors. Another important factor is the language barrier: the majority of French online shoppers consider a lack of a proper translation a significant hurdle.


Pay close attention to the correct spelling of the accents: an e is not an e, there are e, é, è, ê and ë!