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The cinema and audiovisual media industry in France: €16.2 billion and 340,000 jobs

The results of a study commissioned from BIPE by the Centre National du Cinéma (French National Center for Cinema or CNC) show the economic value of the sectors supported by the CNC (cinema, audiovisual media, video games and video) in the French gross domestic product and how they compare to other sectors of the economy.

According to this study, in 2012 the industries in CNC’s scope represented overall value-added of €16.2 billion, or 0.8% of the GDP, and generated around 340,000 jobs (233,000 full-time equivalents), or 1.3% of all jobs in France. “It has a considerable economic importance,” comments CNC President Frédérique Bredin in an interview for Ecran Total. As she explains, this is especially true given that these industries “have a GDP share comparable to the automotive sector and greater than the pharmaceutical industry.”  

With €6 billion in value-added and 123,400 jobs, cinema is the leading sector in the study, followed closely by audiovisual media (€5.9 billion and 111,600 jobs). That’s the proof, if any were needed, that film is truly an industry, and not a negligible one, either. Thus, according to BIPE’s calculations, each cinema ticket purchased in 2012 generated value-added of €30. 


More information : 

- The study "Evaluation économique et sociale du périmètre d'intervention du CNC en 2012" ("Economic and social assessment of the industries in CNC's scope") on CNC's website (October 2013) 

- "Le cinéma pèse plus lourd que la pharmacie"("The movie industry's impact is larger than the one of the pharmaceutical industry"), by Grégoire Poussielgue (Les Echos, October 22, 2013)

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