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 the Eurozone.

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: 1.12%
1 year: 36.80%
3 years: 29.58%
5 years: 70.82%

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 72
(30.06.21)
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 1,069 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers CAC 40 UCITS ETF 1DLU0322250985 147 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor CAC 40 (DR) UCITS ETF - J-EURFR0011122233 95 0.25% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
iShares MSCI France UCITS ETFIE00BP3QZJ36 87 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI France 0.63% 8.13% 16.94% 34.02% 29.99%
CAC 40® 0.65% 8.65% 18.39% 35.35% 31.58%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
MSCI France 16.63% -4.22% 28.94% -7.72% 13.90%
CAC 40® 18.13% -5.15% 30.18% -8.21% 12.51%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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Alternative investment opportunities

Eurozone 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. 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: 32.10%
(31/03/2021)
2 ETFs 290
(30.06.21)
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: 35.90%
(31/03/2021)
19 ETFs 50
The EURO STOXX® 50 index tracks the 50 largest companies in the eurozone.
Index factsheet
MSCI EMU Europe
France: 34.02%
(31/03/2021)
6 ETFs 237
(30.06.21)
The MSCI EMU index tracks large and mid cap stocks from countries in the European Economic and Monetary Union.
Index factsheet
Solactive GBS Developed Markets Eurozone Large & Mid Cap Europe
France: 29.00%
(31/03/2021)
2 ETFs 215
(30.06.21)
The Solactive GBS Developed Markets Eurozone Large & Mid Cap index tracks large and mid cap securities from Eurozone countries.
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 5,817 0.10% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Xtrackers EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF 1CLU0380865021 4,943 0.09% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE0008471009 4,464 0.10% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B53L3W79 4,032 0.10% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Lyxor EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF - AccFR0007054358 4,014 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Full replication
Xtrackers EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF 1DLU0274211217 2,993 0.09% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core MSCI EMU UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B53QG562 2,922 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Amundi EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681047236 2,358 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares EURO STOXX UCITS ETF (DE)DE000A0D8Q07 2,168 0.20% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Amundi Index MSCI EMU UCITS ETF DR EUR (C)LU1602144575 1,740 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI EMU UCITS ETF 1DLU0846194776 1,678 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Deka EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFDE000ETFL029 1,064 0.15% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0147308422 695 0.18% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0136234068 440 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 300 (DR) UCITS ETF AccLU0908501058 375 0.07% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor Core MSCI EMU (DR) UCITS ETF - DistLU1646360971 296 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
SPDR MSCI EMU UCITS ETFIE00B910VR50 286 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
HSBC EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EURIE00B4K6B022 275 0.05% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF DistLU0908501488 251 0.07% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
BNP Paribas Easy EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFFR0012740983 237 0.18% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
Invesco EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWX25 232 0.05% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
BNP Paribas Easy EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETFFR0012739431 180 0.18% p.a. Accumulating France Full replication
Lyxor Core EURO STOXX 50 (DR) UCITS ETF AccLU0908501215 96 0.07% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF EUR (D)LU1681047319 89 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Invesco EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF DistIE00B5B5TG76 76 0.05% p.a. Distributing Ireland Unfunded swap
Amundi Prime Eurozone UCITS ETF DR (D)LU1931974429 52 0.05% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Deka EURO STOXX 50 (thesaurierend) UCITS ETFDE000ETFL466 42 0.15% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Lyxor 1 EURO STOXX 50® UCITS ETFDE000ETF9504 36 0.15% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Amundi Prime Eurozone UCITS ETF DR (C)LU2089238112 26 0.05% 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 -0.06% 4.93% 15.77% 28.59% 29.47%
MSCI EMU 0.46% 5.86% 15.02% 30.65% 26.97%
EURO STOXX® 0.40% 5.80% 14.90% 30.90% 28.64%
Solactive GBS Developed Markets Eurozone Large & Mid Cap 0.46% 6.09% 17.36% 31.74% -
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
EURO STOXX® 14.69% 0.55% 28.14% -12.88% 13.09%
MSCI EMU 14.76% -0.76% 26.22% -12.40% 12.75%
EURO STOXX® 50 15.77% -3.08% 30.41% -12.01% 9.77%
Solactive GBS Developed Markets Eurozone Large & Mid Cap 17.99% -3.86% - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.