France may have bid adieu to one of its main cultural exports in actor Gerard Depardieu who has left the county in a protest over tax, but it is assiduously courting the international business world in order to revive the French economy.

The French finance ministry is seeking to attract foreign investment in a bid to stave off the country's waning competitiveness and growth outlook. In a press conference on Wednesday, ministry officials said France was still a place for business, despite concerns to the contrary.