How to invest in France using ETFs

How do I invest in French stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the French stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

On the French stock market you'll find 2 indices which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on Europe. In the below listed indices France is weighted with more than 30%.

0.25% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of France ETFs
on the French stock market, which are tracked by ETFs
on the French stock market
The best indices for France ETFs

Performance of French stocks (CAC 40®)

1 month: -0.31%
1 year: -5.35%
3 years: 0.99%
5 years: 44.47%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on France

For an investment in the French stock market, there are 2 indices available which are tracked by 3 ETFs. On the CAC 40® index there are 2 ETFs. On the MSCI France index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is around 0.25% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
CAC 40® France 2 ETFs 40
The CAC 40® index tracks the largest and most traded French stocks listed on Euronext in Paris.
Index factsheet
MSCI France France 1 ETF 74
(31/12/2020)
The MSCI France index tracks the leading French stocks.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Amundi CAC 40 UCITS ETF DR EUR (C)LU1681046931 1,051 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi ETF CAC 40 UCITS ETF DR EUR (D)LU1681047079 245 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares MSCI France UCITS ETFIE00BP3QZJ36 65 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
CAC 40® 0.39% 15.67% 14.94% -5.61% 4.63%
MSCI France 0.22% 15.29% 15.23% -4.68% 5.21%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
CAC 40® -6.45% -5.61% 25.39% -11.60% 22.60%
MSCI France -5.79% -4.68% 24.18% -11.12% 24.10%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/12/2020; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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Alternative investment opportunities

Europe indices with a large share of France

Besides France ETFs you may consider ETFs on the European stock markets. In total, you can invest in 3 indices on the Eurozone tracked by 26 ETFs. All Eurozone indices weight France with around 31% to 37%. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on the Eurozone is between 0.05% p.a. and 0.20% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
EURO STOXX® Europe
France: 31.20%
(30/10/2020)
1 ETF 295
(31/12/2020)
The EURO STOXX® index tracks stocks from eurozone countries included in the STOXX® Europe 600 Index. The STOXX® Europe 600 index tracks large, mid and small capitalisation stocks from European developed countries.
Index factsheet
EURO STOXX® 50 Europe
France: 35.00%
(30/10/2020)
17 ETFs 50
The EURO STOXX® 50 index tracks the 50 largest companies in the eurozone.
Index factsheet
MSCI EMU Europe
France: 33.63%
(30/10/2020)
8 ETFs 239
(31/12/2020)
The MSCI EMU index tracks large and mid cap stocks from countries in the European Economic and Monetary Union.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933956 5,890 0.11% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Lyxor EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF - AccFR0007054358 4,469 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Full replication
iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE0008471009 4,435 0.10% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF 1CLU0380865021 4,258 0.09% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B53L3W79 3,957 0.10% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Amundi EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681047236 2,798 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF 1DLU0274211217 2,548 0.09% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core MSCI EMU UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B53QG562 2,111 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU UCITS ETF (EUR) A-accLU0950668870 1,881 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares EURO STOXX UCITS ETF (DE)DE000A0D8Q07 1,844 0.20% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI EMU UCITS ETF 1DLU0846194776 1,805 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0147308422 805 0.18% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0136234068 430 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
BNP Paribas Easy EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFFR0012740983 384 0.18% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
Invesco EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWX25 323 0.05% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI EMU UCITS ETFIE00B910VR50 313 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Lyxor Core MSCI EMU (DR) UCITS ETF - DistLU1646360971 264 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF DistLU0908501488 241 0.07% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core MSCI EMU UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE00BYXZ2585 225 0.12% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
HSBC EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EURIE00B4K6B022 189 0.05% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
BNP Paribas Easy EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFFR0012739431 176 0.18% p.a. Accumulating France Full replication
Invesco EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF DistIE00B5B5TG76 85 0.05% p.a. Distributing Ireland Unfunded swap
Amundi EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (D)LU1681047319 84 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor 1 EURO STOXX 50® UCITS ETFDE000ETF9504 51 0.15% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU UCITS ETF (EUR) A-UKdisLU1107559376 24 0.18% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi ETF EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF DR USDLU1681047400 9 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
EURO STOXX® 50 2.49% 12.51% 13.22% -3.06% 3.17%
MSCI EMU 1.62% 12.70% 14.60% -1.24% 1.28%
EURO STOXX® 2.81% 13.75% 16.15% 0.42% 4.01%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
EURO STOXX® 50 -3.23% -3.06% 26.11% -15.61% 19.61%
MSCI EMU -2.02% -1.24% 21.57% -15.64% 22.86%
EURO STOXX® 0.23% 0.42% 23.88% -16.39% 23.21%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/12/2020; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.