France can be perceived stereotypically abroad as a country where strikes happened too regularly, workers do not work many hours, businesses are burdened with taxation, trade unions remain all-powerful, free enterprise is a pipe dream and employers must comply with cumbersome red tape. And there are varying degrees of truth to all of these perceptions. For these reasons and others, multinationals are understandably wary of expanding into the French market.
Mexico’s manufacturing boom has proceeded in stages. At first, it was built on auto manufacturing. While that continues to surge, American companies have now started relocating simpler manufacturing from China to Mexico.