France is subject
to all European Union free trade zone regulations and arrangements.
These allow member countries to designate portions of their customs
territory as free trade zones and free warehouses. France has taken
advantage of these regulations in several specific instances. The
French Customs Service administers these zones and can provide more
details: Customs can be contacted at the finance ministry web
In addition, the French government has
established urban "enterprise zones" (Zones Franches Urbaines) in 38
depressed or impoverished municipalities in France or its overseas
territitories. There are also two special investment zones (Zones
d'Investissement Privilégié) located in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais
region in which firms can benefit from certain tax credits.
More information on enterprise
and investment zones is available from DATAR and Invest In France: