Still an agricultural and colonial state in 1945, France swiftly developed into an industrial and service-based society. The most important economic sectors as of 2018 were public administration, defence, education, healthcare and social services (22.4 percent). This was followed by the wholesale and retail trade, transport and hospitality (17.8 percent). 59 percent of France’s exports go to EU countries, most of them to Germany (14 percent). 69 per cent of its imports come from EU member states, such as Germany (18 percent), Belgium (10 percent) and the Netherlands (8 percent).
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