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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%.

0.20% p.a. - 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: 13.76%
1 year: -3.77%
3 years: 12.41%
5 years: 32.15%

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 4 ETFs. On the CAC 40® index there are 3 ETFs. On the MSCI France index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.25% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
CAC 40® France 3 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 76
(30/10/20)
The MSCI France index tracks the leading French stocks.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Amundi CAC 40 UCITS ETF DR EUR (C)LU1681046931 987 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers CAC 40 UCITS ETF 1DLU0322250985 130 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor CAC 40 (DR) UCITS ETF - J-EURFR0011122233 81 0.25% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
iShares MSCI France UCITS ETFIE00BP3QZJ36 42 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® -4.38% -3.81% 2.10% -18.11% -9.36%
MSCI France -4.18% -3.36% 2.66% -17.16% -8.10%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
CAC 40® -22.16% 30.18% -8.21% 12.51% 8.64%
MSCI France -21.20% 28.94% -7.72% 13.90% 8.90%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/10/20; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest France ETFs
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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 4 indices on the Eurozone tracked by 29 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 0.25% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
EURO STOXX® Europe
France: 31.20%
(30/10/2020)
2 ETFs 297
(30/10/20)
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)
19 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)
6 ETFs 246
(30/10/20)
The MSCI EMU index tracks large and mid cap stocks from countries in the European Economic and Monetary Union.
Index factsheet
Solactive Euro 50 Europe
France: 36.70%
(30/10/2020)
2 ETFs 50
The Solactive Euro 50 index tracks the 50 largest stocks of the eurozone.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933956 5,633 0.11% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Lyxor EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF D-EURFR0007054358 4,398 0.20% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE0008471009 4,181 0.10% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B53L3W79 3,814 0.10% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF 1CLU0380865021 3,633 0.09% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF 1DLU0274211217 2,458 0.09% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681047236 2,379 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI EMU UCITS ETF 1DLU0846194776 1,910 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core MSCI EMU UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B53QG562 1,817 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
iShares EURO STOXX UCITS ETF (DE)DE000A0D8Q07 1,774 0.20% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Amundi Index MSCI EMU UCITS ETF DR EUR (C)LU1602144575 1,335 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Deka EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFDE000ETFL029 800 0.15% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0147308422 798 0.18% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 300 (DR) UCITS ETF AccLU0908501058 432 0.07% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0136234068 377 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
BNP Paribas Easy EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFFR0012740983 340 0.18% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
Invesco EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWX25 281 0.05% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
Lyxor Core MSCI EMU (DR) UCITS ETF - DistLU1646360971 243 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
SPDR MSCI EMU UCITS ETFIE00B910VR50 229 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF DistLU0908501488 223 0.07% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
BNP Paribas Easy EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFFR0012739431 188 0.18% p.a. Accumulating France Full replication
HSBC EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EURIE00B4K6B022 143 0.05% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (D)LU1681047319 91 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF AccLU0908501215 72 0.07% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi Prime Eurozone UCITS ETF DR (D)LU1931974429 61 0.05% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Invesco EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF DistIE00B5B5TG76 57 0.05% p.a. Distributing Ireland Unfunded swap
Lyxor 1 EURO STOXX 50® UCITS ETFDE000ETF9504 48 0.15% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Deka EURO STOXX 50 (thesaurierend) UCITS ETFDE000ETFL466 25 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Germany Full replication
Amundi Prime Eurozone UCITS ETF DR (C)LU2089238112 15 0.05% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
Solactive Euro 50 -6.89% -6.00% 2.62% -17.47% -
EURO STOXX® 50 -7.32% -6.63% 2.64% -15.96% -11.74%
MSCI EMU -5.59% -4.06% 4.10% -13.79% -10.92%
EURO STOXX® -5.74% -4.21% 4.84% -12.51% -9.29%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
Solactive Euro 50 -20.65% - - - -
EURO STOXX® 50 -19.78% 30.41% -12.01% 9.77% 3.94%
MSCI EMU -17.47% 26.73% -13.04% 13.15% 4.81%
EURO STOXX® -16.39% 28.14% -12.88% 13.09% 4.56%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/10/20; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.