Global civil society activity in France

France, officially the French Republic, is a country located primarily in Western Europe. It also includes overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, giving it one of the largest discontiguous exclusive economic zones in the world. Metropolitan France shares borders with Belgium and Luxembourg to the north, Germany to the north east, Switzerland to the east, Italy and Monaco to the south east, Andorra and Spain to the south, and a maritime border with the United Kingdom to the north west. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea. Its overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and have a total population of 68.4 million as of January 2024. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre; other major urban areas include Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nantes and Nice.

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Meetings Statistics

From UIA's International Meetings Statistics Report

Top 10 over 20 years

France is ranked #2 over a 20 year period,
with 12712 meetings since 2001.

Top 10 in 2021

France is ranked #5 in 2021, with 266 meetings.

Local UIA Partner

Lille Grand Palais


An ideal location at the heart of the Paris-London-Brussels triangle, the best possible access and plenty of public transport make metropolitan Lille the perfect place for your eco-friendly event.

Lille Grand Palais is an area of 45,000 m2 comprising:

  • 3 auditoriums
  • 4 exhibition halls
  • 28 meeting rooms
  • Zenith Arena.
With a capacity of between 50 to 4,500 people, you can organise events such as congresses, symposia, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, conventions, gala evenings, workshops, product launches, road shows, shareholder meetings, meetings, fashion shows and international events.

Organising an event in Lille Grand Palais in France means having an experienced team on hand to help. A team dedicated to you, making sure that everything runs smoothly and that all your demands are met! Our philosophy: work with us and share our skills to ensure you enjoy your event just the way you want it.

Lille Grand Palais has been the organiser/orchestrator of events since 2007. This expertise has been deployed for such evenings as Ladies After Work, congresses – such as the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Conference, NutrEvent, etc. We also organise exhibitions (public or professional) which have recently included the Lille Art Fair, Kids Park, the “ Créer” Trade Fair, the Personal Services exhibition, etc.

Local UIA Partner

Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau


An expert on the destination, the Bureau is your key partner for organizing your event in Paris.

The Bureau encourages and supports professional associations and scientific societies that wish to propose Paris as a host destination for their congress. It helps them throughout the process, from the compilation of the bid; it recommends service providers and organizes site inspection visits. It carries out part of the lobbying, right up to the presentation of Paris in front of the international committee of the association. The Convention Bureau represents the destination, in connection with the services of the City, the Region and the State. It gathers Parisian professionals and institutional players participating in a bid, in order to offer a full and tailor-made offer.

Local UIA Partner

Lyon Convention Bureau


Local UIA Partner

Ville de Marseille


Crossroads of civilizations and trade since ancient times, Marseille possesses a nature, land and sea heritage unique in its diversity. These assets, combined with a city in metamorphosis, have generated a vigorous revival of economic activity and has placed the city among the most popular tourist destinations.

The figures speak for themselves: over 4 million tourists in 2010, 12,000 direct jobs or 5.4% of total employment in Marseille, and over € 700 million of income.
In 2011, the city had 5,182 hotel rooms, 3.6% more than the previous year.

Marseille has also become one of the first ports of embarkation for the European cruise market, an interesting position given that the Mediterranean destination has the fastest growth.

As the top cruise centre in France, with more than one million passengers in 2012, Marseille reinforced its status as first port of embarkation in France with nearly 380 calls to port in 2011 for an estimated income of €110 million.
In less than 15 years, Marseille has tripled the number of Congress days hosted on its territory from 109,000 days in 1996 to almost 300,000 in 2011.

The city now has powerful and functional structures to accommodate some 350 events per year in places as diverse as the Palais du Pharo, the Palais des Congrés in the Chanot Park and the World Trade Centre.

Organizations based in France

Association mondiale des sciences de l'éducation - Reims
International Arts and Entertainment Alliance - Paris
Fédération Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse - Paris
Association internationale de lutte contre la cybercriminalité - Paris
International Federation of Horseracing Authorities - Boulogne-Billancourt
Fédération internationale pour la sécurité des usagers de l'électricité - Paris
International Blackcurrant Association - Beaucouzé
International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Society - Bordeaux
Electronic Business Group - Paris
International Technical Centre for Bottling and Packaging - Paris
Fédération internationale des associations nationales d'exploitants de téléphériques, funiculaires et autres transports par câbles pour voyageurs - Francin
International Association of Gerodontology - Paris
European Association of Jewish Community Centres - Paris
Association francophone pour la prévention-réadaptation cardiovasculaire - Tracy le Mont
European Council of Legal Medicine - Paris
Novus Sanguis - Paris
Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes - Paris
Fédération francophone des amis de l'orgue - Aulnay-sous-Bois
Electroacoustic Music Studies Network - Paris
Administration universitaire francophone et européenne en médecine et odontologie - Strasbourg
Cardiac Bioassist Association - Paris
Association des internationalistes - Paris
World Digital Solidarity Agency - Lyon
Association des Villes et Régions Hôtes d'Expositions Internationales - Paris
Association internationale de techniciens, experts et chercheurs - Paris

View More profiles (3485) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in France

2031 World ContestWorld Ploughing Organization - Paris

2031 IRC : International Rubber ConferenceInternational Rubber Conference Organisation - Paris

2030 ECOC : European Conference on Optical CommunicationEuropean Conference on Optical Communication - Paris

2029 Winter MeetingCIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering - Paris

2028 Winter MeetingCIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering - Paris

2028 CongressSyndicat international du décolletage - Paris

2027 Winter MeetingCIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering - Paris

2027 CongressEuropean Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Lille

2027 Congress on Disaster and Emergency MedicineWorld Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine - Paris

2026 Annual MeetingEuropean High Pressure Research Group - Montpellier

2026 CongressInternational Courtly Literature Society - Montpellier

2026 Annual MeetingOrganization for Human Brain Mapping - Bordeaux

2026 International SymposiumInternational Association for Fire Safety Science - La Rochelle

2026 Annual ConferenceParticle Therapy Co-Operative Group - Caen

2026 Winter MeetingCIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering - Paris

View More Future Events (102) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in France

2024 Conference – European Esperanto Union - Strasbourg
2024 Congress – CEPIC - International Association of the Media Licencing Industry - Juan-les-Pins
2024 European Summit – Institute of International Finance - Paris
2024 Science Conference – ACTRiS - Rennes
2024 Symposium – Federation of European Ophthalmology - Paris
2024 International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) – International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Angers
2024 International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses – Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network - Pau
2024 ERTMS Conference – European Union Agency for Railways - Valenciennes
2024 International Cereal and Bread Congress – ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology - Nantes
2024 International Congress on Animal Leishmaniosis (ALIVE) – LeishVet - Nice
2024 General Assembly – Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean - La Londe Les Maures
2024 Conference – European Brand and Packaging Design Association - Bordeaux
2024 CartoonNext Seminar – CARTOON - European Association of Animation Film - Marseille
2024 Congress – JRE- Jeunes Restaurateurs - Paris
2024 International Conference on Mathematical and Statistical Methods for Actuarial Sciences and Finance (MAF) – International Conference on Mathematical and Statistical Methods for Actuarial Sciences and Finance - Le Havre

View More Past Events (36862) in The International Congress Calendar

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