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With a unique geographical position, nestled between the sea and the mountains, dreamy landscapes, a vibrant heritage and a constantly buzzing cultural universe, the French Riviera is a legendary, attractive and desirable location. Above all, it offers a priviledged setting for the growing number of people who choose to come to develop their skills thanks to a stimulating ecosystem on growing and forward-looking markets. Its strategic position, at the heart of Europe, makes it a gateway to the world.

The French Riviera

A territory of large-scale projects

The French Riviera is pursuing its European metropolis ambitions through large-scale development projects which support its specialised fields and consolidate its international appeal. After Sophia Antipolis, the leading European technopole dedicated to information technologies, the French Riviera Eco-Valley at the entrance of Nice, is the first Operation of National Interest (OIN) fully dedicated to developing eco-technologies and Smart Cities. A leading territory in the fields of research and innovation, the French Riviera offers companies exceptional potential thanks to a pool of specialists, excellent research laboratories and professional networks which encourage cross-fertilisation between companies and universities, SMEs and key accounts, public research and R&D centres.


The number of Foreign-Owned Companies has continued to rise since the start of the 2000s. The French Riviera plays host to 2,072 foreign-owned companies and employs 36,000 people from 68 different countries. These companies are supported by a favourable geographic area, high quality transport infrastructure and ecosystems organised into clusters. The French Riviera boasts France’s second largest international airport. It provides exceptional connectivity with the rest of the world, with more than 100 direct destinations in 33 countries and daily flights to destinations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

A powerful ecosystem supporting specialist fields

An international talent pool

A premium offer of location sites suited to activities

Advantages in terms of investment and innovation on the French Riviera

An innovative region thanks to numerous research centres

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