Area Information

Background and Information

Michigan has the welcome mat out for new businesses, and offers some distinct advantages and incentives for companies locating to the state, a fact which is being increasingly recognized by national and international observers. The links below provide useful background and information to help you plan your expansion to Michigan

French Presence in Michigan

The French presence in Michigan began with the founding of Detroit by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701. The French influence can be seen today in many cities, street and place names and in the strong presence of a number of French cultural and business organizations.

Approximately 145 French automotive subsidiaries are located in Michigan with many having additional offices here (source: Business France). Included among these are the well-recognized names of many large French companies, such as Faurecia, Hutchinson, Delmia and Dassault, Valeo, and Plastic Omnium. Additionally, there are many other French companies engaged in varied fields including aerospace, retail, luxury goods, food and wine products, advanced technology, and medical products.

New French companies are establishing themselves in Michigan with regularity in order to take advantage of the favorable location, skilled workforce, extensive research university resources, international airport with direct flights to France, China and virtually all important commercial cities of the world, and affordable living costs.

Guide Pratique de Détroit 2019

Le Guide Pratique de Detroit, 2019

The main objective of the Guide is to help French expatriates and families implant in Michigan and adapt to life here. As such, the Guide contains information on administrative procedures (i.e. visas, driver's license, etc.), everyday life and services (i.e. banks, schools, post offices, etc.), children's activities, healthcare, shopping, culture, and leisure.

The Guide was created by a team of volunteers of the French School of Detroit and lists verified addresses and tested resources recommended by the families of the French School of Detroit. The Guide can be purchased for the price of $20. For more information and to order, please contact:


The French School of Detroit

Meadow Lake Center

7100 Lindenmere Drive

Bloomfield Hills, Ml 48301-USA

Tel: +1 248 203 5703